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ClscFilms-Midterm - Grant Bleier 3/04/07 Classics 214...

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Grant Bleier 3/04/07 Classics 214 Monica Cyrino Classics 214 First Take-Home Exam Part I 1. Aristeia – An aristeia is a scene in which a hero has his or her finest moments in the battle. 2. Geras – A geras is a prize, trophy, or a symbol of honor. 3. Kleos – Kleos is the fame, reputation, or status of a person. 4. Lanista – A lanista represents an owner or trainer of gladiators. 5. Ludus – A ludus is a training school for gladiators and games.
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Part II Bleier, 1 In the film Troy, Achilles is a man who has desire to be the greatest warrior but does not want to take orders under the control of Priam, King of Troy. He was also known as being the most handsome of heroes. Achilles is stubborn because he knows he is the mightiest of the Greeks, and he wants all the fame and glamour that he can get. He is a leader figure himself because he trained and led the Myrmidons into the Trojan War. Achilles strives to assert individuality by taking a lead from all the other ships and capturing the coast of Troy. He shows that he is the strongest and greatest by not only talking about his plans, but also acting on them. Stanley Lombardo describes the relationship between Achilles and the Trojans as “their cause is lost without Achilles” (Stanley Lombardo, Iliad Homer , p.xxix). In my mind this is true, because that is the way all the Trojans feel about him. Achilles has no respect for Priam because he is angered by the fact that Priam is fast to start a war but would never fight his own war. He shows this by saying “Wouldn’t it be surprising for a King to fight his own war” (Troy, 2004). Achilles knows that the Trojans need him to win the war, because in my opinion without Achilles, the Achaeans would have won the war. Achilles does not usually express his honor in his words, but he expresses his honor in his actions. He still boasts about how he is the best warrior in Troy and how no one else can beat him, but that could be considered as cocky. Achilles is a self centered individual and he shows it by not representing his country, but by representing himself. When Achilles is called upon by Priam in the beginning scene to fight the Achaean he is not optimistic about representing his country and solving a battle before it begins. He is mad because he has to go back up the king whenever the king snaps his fingers for
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Bleier, 2 Achilles to be by his side. Another way Achilles shows his honor is in battles by being the first to cut through the first wave of men, and to be the last one standing. Achilles achieves his honor and reputation by fighting the battles and showing his
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