It might come as somewhat of a surprise to modern readers (it did to me) that the Odyssey was almost fundamentally an expression of the need to have a skeptical attitude to be a good, and especially heroic, person. Homer seems to have matured to some degree between writing the Iliad and the Odyssey, shifting from concentrating on the force of will which characterized Achilles to the mental expression of this will-power in Odysseus. The Odyssey is a must-read for all fully-formed humans, and my paper will I hope be of particular interest to the philosophically-minded. Homer practically invented skepticism and was likely the main reason that ancient Greece was the birthplace of reason and philosophy. And, as I greatly identify with Odysseus "the Wanderer", I enjoyed this assignment immeasurably.


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