Common Themes

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Work Hard and Succeed or Die Trying to

"In silence you must bear a world of pain, subject yourself to the cruel abuse of men." - Athena; The Odyssey

"Then his wife said to him, '' Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!'' But he said to her, " You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive from God, and shall we not receive evil?'' - The Book of Job; Job 2: 9-10

Love and Friendship

Becoming aware of himself, he sought a friend. ; Gilgamesh

"Dear friends, surely we are not unlearned in evils. This is no greater evil now than it was when the Cyclops had us cooped in his hollow cave by force and violence, but even there, by my courage and counsel and my intelligence, we escaped away. I think that all this will be remembered some day too. Then do as I say, let us all be won over."; Odysseus

'No doubt you are the people,
and wisdom will die with you.
But I have understanding as well as you;
I am not inferior to you.
Who does not know such things as these; Job

Friendship and Love are the key to happiness

Common Themes


Afterwards a boy-child was sent to Shield,
a cub in the yard, a comfort sent
by God to that nation. He knew what they had tholed,
the long times and troubles they'd come through
without a leader; so the Lord of Life,
the glorious Almighty, made this man renowned. ; Beowulf

Ninsun went into her living quarters.
She washed herself with the purity plant,
she donned a robe worthy of her body,
she donned jewels worthy of her chest,
she donned her sash, and put on her crown.
She sprinkled water from a bowl onto the ground.
She … and went up to the roof.
She went up to the roof and set incense in front of Shamash,
she offered fragrant cuttings, and raised her arms to Shamash ; Gilgamesh

'Does Job fear God for nothing? Have you not put a fence around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land ; Job