ANCIENT GREEK CULTURE
[From: Kyriazis, Constantine D. Eternal Greece. Translated by Harry T. Hionides. A Chat Publication.]
The Iliad was loved by the later Greeks, for its heroes inspired them and carried them back to more heroic times than their own. But the Odyssey touched their heartstrings intimately for it was more human, much nearer to them. The sadness which from time to time they encountered in the verses of the Odyssey, was a reflection of their own sadness. The gods who were described therein were much closer to them, for they were more human, more humane, and in agreement amongst themselves and worked together not to make mortal men suffer but to help them. Many attempts have been made to compare the Odyssey with the Iliad. There are many scholars who believe the Iliad to be superior to the Odyssey as a literary achievement. Others do not agree with this point of view, and maintain that they are two entirely different works which cannot possibly be compared. But perhaps the true answer is somewhere in between, that which states that the Iliad resembles the sun in its ascendant and all its glory, and the Odyssey that of the sweetness and peace is reflected in its resplendent setting. [pp. 99-100]
[Kyriazis, Constantine D. Eternal Greece. Translated by Harry T. Hionides. A Chat Publication.]
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