Retributive Justice In The Odyssey

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In The Odyssey, there is a depicted hero who seeks enormous and violent revenge on his enemies. Odysseus returns to Ithaca after a twenty-year absence and not only kills all one hundred and eight of Penelope's noble suitors but then slaughters and mutilates his own disloyal servants. A study of heroic behavior shows that, while not yet the equivalent of a justice in the modern sense, revenge was part of a developing concept of retributive justice based on fairness and mutuality. In this era, it only seems to be fair that there was no justice system. Too many Greek Gods handled what they would call their "justice system." Compared to now, things are completely different then how things were then. There could have been many instances where civility

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