Heroism in "Metamorphoses" and "The Odyssey"
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This comparison piece examines the ancient Greek definition of a hero through the story of Odysseus, and Perseus, and the Centaurs from "Metamorphoses". Based on these stories the author concludes that according to Greek myth a hero is a man with a just cause, who is defended by the gods, and has an equal amount of physical strength and intelligence.
From the Paper:"Homer's work is by far the oldest, and most well known, of the ancient Greek novels. Indeed: "No other texts in the Western imagination occupy as central a position in the self-definition of Western culture as the two epic poems of Homer: the Iliad and the Odyssey" (Hooker, 1996, "Homer" http://www.wsu.edu:8080/%7edee/MINOA/HOMER.HTM ). Even those who would not consider themselves educated are familiar with the story of the Siege of Troy, and the return of Odysseus to his Kingdom. The theme of the first poem, the Iliad, is the interplay of mortal heroes and Greek Gods. One of the central themes of the story is Achilles' decision: "Either he can be a great a famous hero in war and die young....or he can live a long, happy life without any lasting fame" (Hooker, ibid). Other heroes struggle with their role, such as the giant Ajax, and the Trojan Hero, Hector."
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Heroism in "Metamorphoses" and "The Odyssey" (2010, March 28) Retrieved April 18, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/comparison-essay/heroism-in-metamorphoses-and-the-odyssey-119051/
"Heroism in "Metamorphoses" and "The Odyssey"" 28 March 2010. Web. 18 April. 2021. <https://www.academon.com/comparison-essay/heroism-in-metamorphoses-and-the-odyssey-119051/>