Posted: September 22nd, 2015
Chose 1 of the following topics and write a paper.
Topic 1: Women in Epic
The Iliad and the Odyssey offer a wealth of depictions of women, both mortal and divine, from innocent virgins to wrathful monsters, faithful wives and divine seductresses. Write an analysis of some aspect of the representation of women in the Iliad and/or the Odyssey. Possible questions to consider are: How are women portrayed—positive or negative? Is there a difference (or similarity) between divine and mortal women? What about between men and women? What values do women represent in these male driven epics? How is marriage presented in the epics? You are welcome to do a comparison between the epics, just look at one, or even compare to women in Hesiod.
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