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Achilles and Odysseus: fate, destiny and free will (audio)

Achilles and Odysseus: fate, destiny and free will (audio)
Key Info
  • Achilles and Odysseus: fate, destiny and free will (audio)
  • Duration: 02:11
  • Adam Nicholson discusses the characters of Achilles and Odysseus and the extent to which they illustrate Homer’s views on fate, destiny and free will. The text of the Iliad is shown to be driven by the demands of fate and inescapability of destiny, whilst the Odyssey focuses on the chance of a new life and a challenge to fate. Achilles is held up as an example of an individual who is fixed in his rage. Odysseus however is shown to always slip away from his fate.
  • Subject:

    Classical Studies


    Literature and Poetry

  • Keywords: Iliad, Achilles, Achilleus, Patroklus, Patroclus, Odysseus, fate, free will, revenge, freedom, Ancient Greece, Troy
Ideas for use in class
  • A good summary for any students wishing to compare the set texts of the Iliad and Odyssey.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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