Useful Keywords for Ancient Greece

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Aidos
shame, can range from a sense of disrespect to disgrace
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Aition
cause, origin
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Anthromorphism
turning into a human being, such as gods when they obtain human like qualities
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Arete
virtue, excellence
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Aristeia
a warrior's prowess or excellence in battle
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Ate
blindness, madness, or folly that the gods may impose with or without the fault of the human.
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Dactylic Hexameter
the meter of epic has 6 dactylic feet in a line. A dactyl is a long syllable followed by two short. In English this meter winds up sounding sing-songy. Daktylos is a word for a finger, which, with its 3 phalanges, is like a finger.
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Dolos
trickery
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Geras
a gift of honour
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In medias res
into the middle of things, the epic story begins in the middle of things and reveals the past with narratives and flashbacks
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Invocation
at the start of epic, the poet calls upon the Goddess or Muse. The poet either believes or adopts the stance that the poem couldn't be composed without divine inspiration.
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Kleos
fame, especially immortal, for a deed. From a word for that which is heard, kleos is renown. Kleos can also refer to praise poetry.
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Moira
portion, share, lot in life, destiny
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Nemesis
righteous indignation
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Nostoi
return voyages (singular; nostos)
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Penthos
grief, suffering
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Time
honour, should be proportionate to arete
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Xenia/Xeinia
bond of guest and host
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Personification
treating an abstract or inanimate object as if it were living
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Menos
warriors strength, power or life force
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Hubris
extreme pride - leads to terrible things
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cause, origin

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Aition

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turning into a human being, such as gods when they obtain human like qualities

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virtue, excellence

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a warrior's prowess or excellence in battle

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