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Warriors v. Women in Greek Mythology
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A 7 page essay on the unequal and unjust roles assigned to women in Greek society as expressed in mythology. The writer focuses on plays by Aeschylus, Euripides and Homer, and on the characters Agamemnon, Clytemnestra, Odysseus, Calypso, and Helen. The writer also expresses the overall purpose of the play in terms of syncretic assimilation of Troy and also of the house of Agamemnon. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Homer's Iliad and Virgil's Aeneid Compared
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This 7 page paper looks at both works inclusive of plot, primary characters, humorous aspects and thematic elements. The thesis that both works are about love, and not war, is supported with an analysis of the author's techniques and story lines. No additional sources cited.
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The Sound of Justice According To Plato and to The Bible
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This five-page-paper compares and contrasts the views of justice between the Book of Luke in the Bible and Plato's Republic. The causes of justice, the people who receive justice and a final discussion on the similarities and difference in the goal of justice between the two. Bibliography lists two sources.
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"Manchurian Candidate" and "Libation Bearers"
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A 5 page paper which discusses the parallels the film "Manchurian Candidate" and Aeschylus' "Libation Bearers" of the fifth century. Bibliography lists 2 additional sources.
Filename: RAmanchur.wps

Abuse of Women in Greek Mythology
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A 6 page paper that looks at the issue of abuse as it is presented in Greek mythology, and focuses on the issues related to the abuse of women in a number of myths. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Artemis, Demeter, Hera, and Lilith; Suitable Babysitters?
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This 5 page paper looks at these four mythological character and examines their personalities and characteristics and events in their lives to discuss their suitable for a role in caring for the young. Then bibliography cites 2 sources.
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Barry Powell's "Classical Myth": Mythological Goddesses And Dominance
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5 pages in length. Whether intentional or by happenstance, mythology places goddesses at the bottom of the totem pole with regard to their status as living beings. As a means by which to control the fairer sex, mythological gods have historically created a hostile environment in which goddesses are forced to exist. Hesiod's Pandora is but one instance when a woman's beauty is employed as a ruse for death, disease and treachery. Clearly, one of the most prominent literary motifs of mythology is that of power. When determining who truly exercises power in archaic society, one first must study the ancient societies and what was important in their existence. Indeed, it can readily be argued that patriarchy ruled ancient Greece, inasmuch as the ancestral ties associated with the male gender were as strong as steel. However, not all gods were deemed acceptable to adopt a position of power, a concept that is readily apparent within the literary boundaries of Hesiod's other mythological tales. No additional sources cited.
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Dionysus
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In addition to being half male and half female, Dionysus was half God and half mortal. This 7 page paper provides a tutorial based on the thesis that writing about the Greek God, Dionysus, the duality of his form and disposition may be a place from which the study may begin. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
Filename: KTdnysus.wps

Euripides' "Medea" And Seneca's "Medea": Compare/Contrast
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5 pages in length. Both Seneca and Euripides envisioned something different when they each penned their individual version of Medea. That Euripides put forth a decidedly more humane and sensitive version illustrates how Seneca took her fundamental character and transformed it into an unsavory, vengeful sorcerer. Clearly, Seneca's Medea boasts a more defiant, anger characterization than does Euripides, asserting an obvious contempt for Medea in particular, as well as women in general. Contrarily, Euripides' Medea tells of a genuine love that is torn apart by greed and blind ambition; had it not been for Jason's impetuosity, Medea would have had no reason to utilize her magical abilities in such a vengeful fashion. The message that such vast difference says about each culture speaks to the issue of patriarchal control. No additional sources cited.
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Fate and Oedipus the King.
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(5 pp). Ancient Greeks cared deeply about the pursuit of knowledge. Although the truth was often a terrifying concept, they still saw it as a critical virtue. The theater with its chorus and collection of ancient stories, was one way in which the ideas of knowledge and truth were examined. How fate plays a role in this play, and in our lives is discussed. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Greek and Roman Gods and Goddesses
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This 3 page paper answers three questions posed by a student regarding Greek and Roman gods which appear in myth and literature. The heroes in The Odyssey and The Aeneid are discussed. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Gregory Horace's Translation Of Ovid's 'Metamorphoses'
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6 pages in length. The writer discusses how the ten tales of Ovid's 'Metamorphoses' reflects contemporary society. No additional sources cited.
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Heracles and the 'Twelve Labors' - The Better Story
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A 5 page paper discussing Heracles [later renamed 'Hercules ' by the Romans]. The themes of the stories and adventures of Heracles have all the makings of a great action/adventure television show. Bibliography lists four sources.
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Hercules & Diana / Heroism Personified
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This 5 page paper discusses the myth of Hercules (Heracles) and compares it with the myth of Diana (Artemis). Each character was undeniably heroic and each based their standards of behavior on ideals much larger than their own individuality. No additional sources cited.
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Hercules Then And Now
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A 5 page paper. Ancient myths are often resurrected for modern day entertainment. Hercules is one of those that has gained a great following in today's society. This essay offers a brief overview of Hercules life, according to Greek mythology, and compares it to the Hercules presently on television. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Hesiod's Theogony: Zeus As Leader
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This 5 page paper argues that Hesiod, in the Theogony, presents Zeus as an autocratic leader by virtue of authority, with the wisdom to heed the advice of others. No additional sources are listed.
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Human Sacrifice in Greek and Roman Mythology
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A 12 page analytical paper exploring the theme of human sacrifice in mythology. Using the stories of Selene and Endymion, Aphrodite and Adonis, and Cybele and Attis, along with two stories about Demeter, the writer supports the notion that human sacrifice is used to demonstrate the power of the gods and compassion. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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Incest of the Gods
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A 7 page essay on the incestuous relationships reported in Greek mythology and Greek plays. The writer lists a number of incestuous relationships between Zeus, his brothers and sisters and progeny, and also gives examples from and commentary on plays such as Oedipus Rex, Medea and Agamemnon in support of the thesis. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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Jason & the Argonauts After Medea's Departure
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In 6 pages the author tells a hypothetical story, which might have happened when Argonauts visited Jason in Corinth after Medea's departure. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Meaning, Function & Significance of Greek Mythology
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A 10 page paper which examines Greek mythology by considering three or more myths to determine meaning, function and significance. Bibliography lists 10 sources.
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Myth Of Sisyphus And Suicide
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A 3 page paper that discusses Albert Camus' thought on suicide as expressed in the Myth of Sisyphus. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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Mythical Origins of Rome
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A 5 page essay that examines the origins of Rome, which are represented in two famous myths – the saga of Aeneas and the story of Romulus and Remus. The writer first summarizes these two legends and then examines the purposes that they fulfilled in Roman culture. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Mythology/Explaining the Unexplainable
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A 5 page research paper that examines the functions that mythology has performed in human societies. The writer mainly focuses on Greek myths, and other creation stories in explaining how early people turned to mythology for explanations of natural phenomenon. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Roman Mythology / Cupid, Mars, & Venus
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In 3 pages the author discusses Cupid, Mars, and Venus, who were figures in Roman Mythology. Roman mythology has many interesting gods and goddesses. They are mirrored in Greek mythology. Cupid, the god of love, Venus, the goddess of beauty and love, and Mars, the god of war are three of mythologies well known deities. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
Filename: PCromyth.doc

The Battle of Zeus and Typhon and Parallels in Hindu and Zoroastrian Myth
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This 5 page report discusses the fact that some of the world’s most fascinating stories and myths are surprisingly similar despite the thousands of miles and years between lands and cultures. They each follow a very similar pattern, although that of the battle between Zeus and Typhon is the most well-delineated and graphically-portrayed of any of them. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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The Effects of Religion and Mythology on Ancient Greek Civilization
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This 5 page paper looks at mythology and religion characteristic of the people of Ancient Greece in order to determine what effects they had on civilization. Gods and goddesses, and their roles, are noted. Descriptions regarding daily life in Ancient Greece, as well as the role of democracy in the society, is included. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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The Goddess Athena And Her People
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A 3 page paper looking at the characteristics of the Greek goddess Athena, and analyzing her appeal to the people who worshipped her. The paper argues that in an overwhelmingly patriarchal society, Athena's spirit ruled in Athens as the Athenian wife's spirit ruled within the confines of her home. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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The Greek God Apollo
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A 6 page paper that explores the legends surrounding the Greek god Apollo and discusses the religious rituals practiced in his worship. The nature of the symbols of the bow, the laurel, and the lyre that are traditionally associated with Apollo are explained. Apollo's early use of music therapy is also explored. Bibliography lists 9 sources.
Filename: LCApollo.doc

The Greek God Apollo: The Influence of His Name on Modern Day Products
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This 5 page paper considers the use of the name Apollo in products and the development of advertising campaigns around this name. This paper argues that the use of the name Apollo, for everything from microcomputers to watches, has occurred because of the familiarity of Greek mythology. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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The Knidian Aphrodites
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A 5 page paper discussing various perspectives from which Praxiteles' nude and her effects are studied. The ancient Greeks had a god or goddess for every reason, many of which were personified in statuary which was then located in the various temples built in honor of these forms of deity. Study of these sculptures as art generally are limited to description and historical influences on later works, but at least one author wonders why we do not simply appreciate the Knidian Aphrodite for the beauty that she is. One common feature of all studies of the Knidian Aphrodite is that it was then and remains the standard by which all views of female beauty is portrayed. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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The Nereids of the Swordbelt.
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(5 pp) What we will look at in this discussion is the importance of the Swordbelt of Pallas in the Aenid by Vergil to see if we can trace the mythic intent from the physical description of the swordbelt of Pallas found in The Doloneia: Pallas was wearing "distinctive armor, and a sword belt with 50 Danaids, who murdered their husbands on their wedding night." Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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The Odyssey and Aeneid
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A 5 page paper which discusses and defines the epic poems "The Odyssey" and "Aeneid." The paper discusses the nature of the heroes in each work as well. No additional sources cited.
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The Olive Tree's Symbolism in Homer's The Odyssey
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A 4 page paper that examines the symbolism of the olive tree in Homer's epic poem The Odyssey and discusses how this symbol represents rebirth and the renewal of life. This paper focuses on three critical points in the story that symbolize rebirth and renewal, noting and analyzing the presence of the olive tree in each. Bibliography lists 1 sources.
Filename: LCOlive.doc

The Origin & Development Of Roman Mythology
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In 5 pages, the author discusses how Roman mythology began and its purpose. Roman mythology is much like Greek mythology. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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The Stars' Names & Greek Mythological Origin
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25 pages worth of extensively detailed discussion relevant to how the stars and constellations derived their name from Greek mythology/stories. Bibliography lists 11 sources.
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The Status And Treatment Of Women In Greek & Roman Mythology
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5 pages in length. The status and treatment of women in Greek and Roman mythology proves to be not all that different from one another. Women, in general mythological terms, were primarily in existence to act as man’s servant, both menially and sexually. To go so far as to say their treatment was barbaric, particularly in Greek and Roman mythology, would not be making an extreme statement. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Two Heroes: One Mythic Journey (Odysseus and Achilles)
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(5 pp) What we will do in this discussion is see how two mythic heroes, Achilles and Odysseus compare to each other as they move through the mythic hero's journey. Annotated bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Two Heroes: One Mythic Journey. (Odysseus and Achilles)
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(5 pp) What we will do in this discussion is see how two mythic heroes, Achilles and Odysseus compare to each other as they move through the mythic hero's journey. Annotated bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Violence/Hercules & Gilgamesh
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A 10 page research paper that examines the Greek sagas featuring Herkules and the Mesopotamian epic hero Gilgamesh. The writer looks at how violence is portrayed in these epics. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Was Oedipus Guilty Given The Circumstances of His Life?
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This four page paper discusses whether or not the Greek mythological character Oedipus was guilty and responsible for the events that occurred in his life. This paper presents and defends the thesis that he was not because he was not aware that she was his mother when he did it and upon finding out gouged his own eyes out as self punishment thereby proving he knew it was wrong. Bibliography lists one source.
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Women in Mythology
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A 14 page paper that presents the complex roles of women in mythology and the three major categories in which most mythological women can be placed. This paper also demonstrates the way in which culture determines the roles of women, and utilizes a variety of mythologies, from the myths of medieval England to those of ancient Greece, to demonstrate the depiction of these roles. Bibliography lists 10 sources.
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Women With Nerves of Steel:
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This five-page-paper describes the view the authors of Electra and Medea had of family and women in general. The murder of her two children and the anger Medea held towards Jason are discusses as is the bitterness that consumed Electra following the murder of her father. Bibliography lists two sources.
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Zeus and His Predecessors
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a 5 page paper looking at the reason Zeus retained his position as this 'Supreme Deity' of the Greek Pantheon after his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather lost theirs to their sons. The paper suggests that Greek society was changing and civilizing over time, and Zeus, more than his father or grandfather, represents the flexibility and ingenuity of the Greek spirit. Bibliography lists one source.
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Zeus And His Worshippers
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A 4 page analysis of the appeal of Zeus to Greek society. The paper argues that Zeus changed from a fickle and furious weather-god to a champion of justice, as his worshippers changed from illiterate tribesmen to the highest culture of the ancient world. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Zeus in Art and Culture
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An 8 page research paper that focuses on how the image of Zeus, as portrayed in Greek art, demonstrated the place that worship of Zeus had in Greek society. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
Filename: khzeus.wps

“Fate and Deity in ‘Oedipus the King’ and ‘The Epic of Gilgamesh’”
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A six page paper which looks at the concept of fate in Sophocles’ ‘Oedipus the King’ and the Sumerian ‘Epic of Gilgamesh’, in terms of how far free will can be said to be exercised in a universe which is controlled by an omnipotent deity or pantheon of deities, and the way in which apparent freedom of choice can be seen to conform to the pattern which is pre-ordained by destiny as set down by the gods. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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The Function of Myth
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This 7 page paper discusses the role of myth within a good story: Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Aurel. The importance of archetypal image is discussed, as well as the perception that writing is the key to human consciousness as shown in Walter Ong's Orality and Literacy: The Technologicalizing of the Word. Bibliographylists 4 sources.
Filename: BBmyth.doc

Native Indian Mythology
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11 pages in length. A comprehensive overview of themes in Native Indian mythology. Examined are various mythological objects, the value of dreams, and more. It is emphasized that different tribes each had their own brand of myth -- Analyzed in specific detail are the myths of the Aztecs who, in their stories, formulated an entire structure for their universe. Their myths and the key characters featured in them are explicated. Bibliography lists 9 sources.
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Mystery Cults and the Pre-Christian Notion of God
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8 pages in length. An insightful look at Mystery Cults-- groups that pre-date Christianity and yet who believed in the 'mysteriousness' of God -- found later on in sections of The Bible (it is noted that God speaks extensively early on in Genesis and then less and less as 'mysteriousness' becomes important). The history & origin (dating back to Ancient Greece) of Mystery Cults is examined as are various myths and the relevance of Judaism and even Oriental mysteries. It is essentially concluded that many primary tenets of the Christian religion actually pre-date Christianity. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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"The Romance of Arthur"
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A 10 page paper which discusses the strengths and weaknesses of several essays which are to be found in "The Romance of Arthur: An Anthology of Medieval Texts in Translation" by James J. Wilhelm. The essays discussed are "Arthur in the Latin Chronicles" by James J. Wilhelm, "Arthur in the Early Welsh Tradition" by John K. Bollard, "Culhwch and Olwen" by Richard M. Loomis, and "Arthur in Geoffrey of Monmouth" by Richard M. Loomis. These papers stand to have far more strengths than weaknesses in that they truly present the reader with an in-depth knowledge of who Arthur may well have been, and where much of his myth originated. No additional sources cited.
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"What Dreams May Come": Mythical Component
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6 pages in length. The writer discusses the mythical element of the movie "What Dreams May Come," as well as associates such with Freud and ancient mythology. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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A Comparison Between the Flood in Genesis and the Flood in the Epic of Gilgamesh
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A five page paper which looks at the similarities between the legend of the Flood as described in the Christian Bible, and the Flood of Ut-napishtim in Mesopotamian myth, with reference to research which asserts that both legends may have arisen from a local event in the valley of the Euphrates. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Addressing Issues In Mythology
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12 pages in length. The writer discusses three elements of mythology: comparing two stories; treatment of women; and the tragic hero as a popular literary motif. Bibliography lists 10 sources.
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Advancement in Knowledge or in Foolishness?
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This 5 page report discusses the idea that humanity has advanced over the past 500 years, if one considers the issue purely from the point of technological advancement. However, knowledge can and should be seen as a constant balancing act between creative and a ruinous processes. Perhaps humanity has not developed in a way that is ultimately beneficial. The thesis presented in this paper is that “progress” is a relative term and concept. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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African and Greek Mythology / The Creation Gods
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An 8 page research paper exploring the different gods identified as being the creator or as the supreme god in African mythology as compared and contrasted to the Greek god Zeus. The genealogy of Zeus is described along with his powers and place in mythology. Each tribe or ethnic region in Africa had their own supreme god, each having a different stature and different degree of power over the universe. Some had powers over similar arenas as Zeus, others were quite different. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
Filename: Afgrmyth.wps

Anzia Yezierska: The Bread Givers.(1975)
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(6 pp) Anzia Yezierska's novel Bread Givers(1975) is an extensive observation of relationships in an immigrant family of early 20th century America. All the characters fight their own battles to find in their place between the New Worlds struggles, and the Old World's history. The clash is epitomized in the relationship between Sara Smolinksy and her father. Her mother says, of her daughter's strong will, "when she begins to want a thing, there is no rest, no let-up till she gets it." Bibliography lists 4 sources.
Filename: BByerska.doc

Boston + Brahmin = White Anglo Saxon Protestant
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(5 pp) The term "Boston Brahmin" is associated with -- among other things -- the American premiere of Brahms' Second Symphony. It was performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the historic Orpheum Theatre built in 1852, on Hamilton Place off Tremont Street. Many in the audience walked out, and music reviewers called those who stayed "Brahmins." Oliver Wendell Holmes called Boston "The Hub of the Universe." Some of the so-called "Boston Brahmins" referred to the city as "The Athens of America." Those are some notes of the past concerning the Brahmins, but where are they now? Bibliography lists 5 sources.
Filename: BBbosbra.doc

Comic Books / Modern Mythology or Escapism ?
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This 6 page paper examines the comic book genre to determine if contemporary comic books are representative of modern mythology or are merely pure escapism. Bibliography included.
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Egyptian Journey to the Afterlife
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A 15 page discussion of the critical components of the ancient Egyptian's belief in an afterlife. Notes that much of our contemporary knowledge regarding ancient Egyptian culture is based on archaeological findings. Among the most interesting of these findings are those which relate to the elaborate worship rituals of the Egyptians, rituals which to a large degree were comprised of those relating to death and the afterlife. Provides an overview of Egyptian belief, preparation for the afterlife, mummification, the preparation of the body, rituals instructing the dead, the tombs, and ceremonies. Bibliography lists 10 sources.
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Ernst Cassirer: Language & Myth (1946)
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(5 pp) Philosophers are always asking themselves questions. What a philosopher is trying to do, is figure out the way in which people understand the world, or their sense and place of reality in the world. The German philosopher, Ernst Cassirer (1874- 1945) felt that we use mentally created symbols to understand our current reality. It was Cassirer's idea that scientific laws, theories of religion and the unique qualities of a given language were all symbols, which we as humans create to facilitate understanding the world. The logic of understanding then is to give some sense of order in the chaos of the world that we face on a daily basis.
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Fairy Tales: Now and Always
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(10pp) Since the time that someone rubbed two sticks togetherto make fire, people have loved a good story. It may loosely be called a legend, a story, or a tale, Joseph Campbell links most of them together with a thematic approach called the "hero's adventure." We will test some current fairy tales ("The Princess Who Stood on Her Own Two Feet," Jeanne Desy; "Prince Amilec" Tanith Lee; and "Petronella" by Jay Williams) to see how they fit the traditional model. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Here Be Dragons!
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(5 pp) No single continent or culture has an exclusive claim on dragons or dragon lore. The animals have survived in time and imagination. Just as an adventurer might claim land for his sovereign, a wise traveler would also know when dragons would be about, and then, even whisper to himself, "here be-- dragons." This discussion will allow the reader to learn of these marvelous creatures, so he too can learn to recognize them, and the places where they live. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Joseph Campbell & Michael J. Harner / Ritual Compared
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A 5 page paper comparing and contrasting the ideas of these two theorists about the function and importance of ritual. Joseph Campbell was a well-known writer in the areas of mythology and ritual, and frequently drew analogies between established religious practices and long-forerunning mythological beliefs. He maintained that ritual was an important part of any religious practice as a way of setting the practice apart from daily routine, working to keep it within the realm of something outside, yet part of, the individual. Michael Harner teaches shamanism to Westerners for incorporation into holistic healing practices. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Joseph Campbell & The Mythic Image
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A 5 page paper discussing 'The Mythic Image' by Joseph Campbell. The author uses many types of art to illustrate many differences, but mostly similarities, in the ways of myth. He addresses issues of religion, enlightenment, and dreaming among others. His work is highly detailed and intriguing.
Filename: Mythima.wps

Joseph Campbell And The Functions Of Mythology
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A 5 page research paper that examines mythology as interpreted by historian Joseph Campbell. According to Campbell, mythology represents ancient intuitive understanding of certain archetypal or "elementary ideas" that still speak to the human condition even in modern times. The writer demonstrates how this fits in with the ideas of Carl Jung and Adolf Bastian. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
Filename: Campyth.wps

Jung's Theory of the Attempt to Find Personal & Spiritual Wholeness
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This 3 page essay discusses the validity of Jung's belief that mental or emotional disturbances are attempts to find wholeness. The writer notes that such a theory can be applied beyond the individual and to American society in general. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
Filename: Jungtheo.wps

Male Myth of Power in Literature
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(5 pp) A part of the nature of myth is that it continues to stay alive and active as long as there are people to believe it. Men have perceived themselves to be in power and they have acted from that belief. The second part of a power myth is that it is a one up and a one down relationship, in other words someone is superior to another. We can see examples of this is two literary works: in the character of Torvald Helmer in Ibesen's A Doll's House, and in Edward Rochester in Bronte's Jane Eyre.
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Mythology & The Mythopoetic Mind
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A 4 page paper discussing the existence of the mythopoetic mind as defined by Mircea Eliade. To Eliade, all mythology was created as a bridge from the human to the divine. Mythology, in his belief, was sacred history, and no matter what the culture, myths provided answers to the deep philosophical questions of who we are, why we are here, and what perspective, based on sociology and culture, defined existence Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Narrative Forms Of Myth
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An 8 page paper discussing the narrative style of myths in different cultures. There are differing views among scholars and anthropologists concerning the structure of myths. The writer explores these disparities in great detail. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
Filename: Dundes.rtf

Psychoanalytic Understanding and Myths, Folktales, and Narrative
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This 10 page report discusses the fact that modern psychoanalysis is a multifaceted discipline that depends on classic Freudian explanations as well as more contemporary empirical practices. Social scientists, researchers into human psychology, writers, and even “pop psychologists” have demonstrated an affinity for the mythological and heroic aspects of the human psyche. Individuals have been able to gain a better understanding of and appreciation for their own capabilities through their association with a particular culture, classic mythology, or spiritualism. As it is used and referenced in the practice of psychoanalysis, cultural myth and narrative serve to offer greater insights into collective human thinking. Bibliography lists 9 sources.
Filename: BWpsymth.wps

Scandinavian Pantheon
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This 8 page paper explores the role of female deities within the Nordic Pantheon and relates that to modern Scandinavian society. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
Filename: KTgodpan.wps

Similarities and Contrasts Between Classical and Sumerian Mythology
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A 10 page orientation to ancient mythology and a comparison of Sumarian and Classic Mythology. Bibliography lists nine sources.
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StinkyCheese and the Gingerbread Man
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(5 pp) Almost all of us love stories. There is even an old legend that the reason God created humans so that there would be someone to tell him the stories. Generally they are adapted or sanitized depending on the age in which they are told, and sometimes by the storyteller himself. And sometimes the story teller may just wonder what would happened if you just changed a certain part. Such is the case of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka (1992) and Lane Smith (illustrator). In this discussion we will look both at the "stinky cheese man" and his predecessor through the work of Maria Tatar, in the 1998 version of The Classic Fairy Tales. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
Filename: BBstnkch.doc

Superman vs. Achilles, Odysseus, & Others
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In this excellently-prepared 7 page essay, the writer argues that motifs in modern stories such as Superman are actually derived from those of ancient mythology. Comparisons are made between Superman's weakness for Krypton and Achilles' heel... -or--the Norse god Balder,-- who was immune to everything except mistletoe. Moreover, just as Theseus had Ariadne, Superman had Lois Lane. Similarly, Aeneas can be compared to Clark Kent etc; No Bibliography.
Filename: Mythsupe.wps

The 'Nature' Of Egyptian Myths
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This 15 page paper explores the ancient Egyptian religious beliefs in terms of how it relates to nature and natural forces. Bibliography lists 12 sources.
Filename: KTeytmyt.wps

The Battle of Zeus and Typhon and Parallels in Hindu and Zoroastrian Myth
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This 5 page report discusses the fact that some of the world’s most fascinating stories and myths are surprisingly similar despite the thousands of miles and years between lands and cultures. They each follow a very similar pattern, although that of the battle between Zeus and Typhon is the most well-delineated and graphically-portrayed of any of them. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
Filename: BWhesiod.wps

The Bull and the Virgin: Two Very Different Spanish Symbols
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A 5 page discussion of the meaning of the symbolic representation of the bull and the Virgin Mary in Spanish culture. Contends that the symbology of the Virgin Mary and the Bull could be said to collectively represent the traditional patriarchal hierarchy of Spanish culture, the Virgin Mary representing the ultimate model of womanhood without any of its earthly and sinful connotations and the bull representing the sensual and bodily side of Spanish culture. Bibliography lists 1 source.
Filename: PPbullVr.wps

The Gate to Women's Country.
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(5pp) Sherri Tepper's cast of both ordinary and extraordinary people play out in her powerful 1988 novel, whose significance goes beyond sex, to deal with the toughest problem of all, the challenge of surmounting humanity's most dangerous flaws so we can survive together - despite ourselves. despite ourselves.
Filename: BBgate.doc

The Giant Loki in Norse Mythology
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8 pages in length. An analytical discussion of Loki -- a giant in Norse Mythology who became a member of the Aesir family when the chief God Odin made him his blood brother. Loki is regarded by the writer -- among other things -- as an instigator of conflicts, and a worthwhile provider. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Excellent argumentative perspectives provided.
Filename: Lokigood.wps

The Heroism of Classic Heroes and of King Arthur
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This 5 page report discusses and compares the similarities and differences between historical and literary heroes such as King Arthur and heroes such as Aeneas, Hector, and Achilles. The heroic tradition implies a pattern of story telling that begins with a hero in unusual circumstances, the search or quest, the transformation of the hero and a resolution. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
Filename: BWkingar.wps

The Myth of the New Jersey Devil
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A short, 2 page look at an old tale dating back to the 18th century which maintains that a devilish, crazed murderer lurks in the rural sections of NJ's pine barren region-- waiting for his prey. In brief, this essay examines explanations for the story-- arguing that the entire concept of such a murderous creature existing is completely illogical. No Bibliography.
Filename: Njdevil.wps

Trickster Myths
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In 6 pages, the writer discusses examples of Trickster myths from two different cultures and demonstrates their distinguishing factors, as well as what they each have in common. They are the closest to the arche, or the beginning of the world of human consciousness. This is a time of ambiguity and ambivalence, when chaos warred with order and differentiation, and when the gods were born. The Trickster figure embodies human ambivalence and ambiguity through his cunning, unpredictable behavior Bibliography lists 4 sources.
Filename: Trickster.doc

Women And Mythology
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10 pages in length. The writer discusses the manner by which women have been treated in such mythological tales as Ovid's Metamorphoses, Euripides' Electra and The Epic of Gilgamesh. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

“Irish Folklore”
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A six page paper which looks at the traditions of Irish folklore, such as the children of Danu, the Sidhe and the sacred thorn, and considers the way in which cultural values and old customs and beliefs have persisted into the present day. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
Filename: JLirishlore.wps


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