Mini Theme 2.pdf - 1 Sydnee Pottebaum Professor Lehmann Western Civilization 1 HIST 121 26 September 2019 The Role of Women The women in ​The

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1 Sydnee Pottebaum Professor Lehmann Western Civilization 1 HIST 121 26 September 2019 The Role of Women The women in The Odyssey all play different roles when compared to each other. The women gods, for example, play a much more active role in Greek society while also living more private lives. The other women, like the princesses and queens Odysseus meets on his journey, play a more passive role while leading more public lives. Each woman introduced in the story plays a different role in their own societies when compared to the other women in the story. The first woman making an appearance in the story is Athena, goddess of wisdom. She advocates for Odysseus’s return to Zeus who agrees that he should return home. She then appears as Mentes, the Taphian leader, to Odysseus’s son Telemachus that his father “will not be gone much longer from his own dear native land” (Homer 1.202-203). Her ability to shapeshift
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