The Odyssey

what can be learned about ancient greeks from this excerpt?

He saw the townlands

and learned the minds of many distant men,

and weathered many bitter nights and days

in his deep heart at sea, while he fought only

to save his life, to bring his shipmates home.

But not by will nor valor could he save them,

for their own recklessness destroyed them all-

children and fools, they killed and feasted on

the cattle of Lord Helios, the Sun,

and he who moves all day through heaven

took from their eyes the dawn of their return.

Of these adventures, Muse, daughter of Zeus,

tell us in our time, lift the great song again.


They established the fist democratic government.

They contributed to art, science, and philosophy.

They valued perseverance, bravery, and strength.

They believed the gods were active in people's lives.

They emphasized the importance of physical fitness.

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From this excerpt, we learn that the ancient Greeks were adventurers, loyal, sometimes foolish, religious, learned, fair, active, and cultured.