Glorious Sceptre Essay

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Glorious Sceptre


The Immortal Sceptre


Within the Iliad Homer portrays through association and symbolism the sceptre as a
representation of divine power. Agamemnon is the nominal owner of this sceptre, on which
much emphasis is placed in the early stages of the poem. This relic, a sceptre once owned
by Zeus, has a kingly and divine past and, as a result, is a symbol of authority, power,
and recognition within the kingdom of Greece. Homer's discussion of the sceptre in Books I
and II serves to elucidate these characteristics of the sceptre.


In the earlier stages of book II, Homer establishes the godly and noble history of the
sceptre. Through a slight digression in the story line, Homer gives the reader a brief
overview of its former owners:


"Hephaistus gave it to Zeus the king, the son of Kronos, and Zeus in turn gave it to the
courier Argeiphontes, and lord Hermes gave it to Pelops, driver of horses, and Pelops
again gave it to Atreus, the shepherd of the people. Atreus dying left it Thyestes of the
rich flocks, and Thyestes left it in turn to Agamemnon to carry and to be lord of many
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