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.

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We learn that some men in the society of ancient Greece were adventurers. These men were brave, and often very foolish, thinking on their own pleasures rather than the repurcussions their actions would reap. We also learn that in the case of Odysseus, these men we loyal and looked out for each other, no matter the cost.