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His fame though, caused his terrible hubris. Often sparring with King Agamemnon, he was strong headed and stubborn. In one argument, King Agamemnon states “Not so quickly, brave as you are, godlike Achilles-trying to cheat me.” (Homer., Fagles, and Knox 81). Although he was often disliked by other strong leaders, they did recognize his background. Another character that is recognized as an epic hero is Odysseus from The Odyssey, not because of his bloodline, but rather his superior intellect.
Homer's "The Odyssey" The Odyssey is a companion to The Iliad, a story of the Trojan War. Both The Iliad and The Odyssey are epic poems written by Homer. In The Odyssey, Homer relates the misadventures of Odysseus, king of Ithaca, that occur during the decade following the defeat of Troy. In doing so, the fates of his fellow warriors are also made known. The Odyssey begins on Mount Olympus, in the palace of Zeus, king of the gods, where a discussion takes place regarding the woes of humans and their determination to blame it on the gods.
Some epic heroes from several different texts that will be analyzed will be Achilles from The Iliad, Odysseus from The Odyssey, Aeneas from The Aeneid, Socrates from The Republic, Gilgamesh from The Epic of Gilgamesh, Beowulf from Beowulf, and King Arthur from Morte D’Arthur. The first epic hero is the honorable Achilles from the epic poem, The Iliad by Homer. Achilles is described as a proud and brave man in this epic with a great tragic flaw. Of course, any epic hero had this great flaw that eventually brings them down in the end. For Achilles, his tragic flaw would be the fact that he is proud and gets enraged easily; and he lets it consume him.
He starts off lying to his allies and friends for similar reasons. The only people who he can allow to know his identity are those he has te... ... middle of paper ... ...and has to fight down his emotions, so we can relate to him. Ultimately, though, he keeps his self-control and wins out in the end, making him a true hero and a fine character. Works Cited and Consulted Bloom, Harold , Homer's Odyssey: Edited and with an Introduction, NY, Chelsea House 1988 Crane, Gregory , Calypso: Backgrounds and Conventions of the Odyssey, Frankfurt, Athenaeum 1988 Heubeck, Alfred, J.B. Hainsworth, et al. A commentary on Homer's Odyssey.
On the Trojan side was Ares, Apollo, Artemis, Leto, Xanthus, and Aphrodite (20.41-43). However, some gods like Zeus did not officially take sides, but by their actions, someone could deduce what side they were on. In the Trojan War, Zeus, the most feared of all the gods, impacted the Trojan War definitively more than all the other gods; he did this both directly and indirectly. The Iliad is an epic poem and is one of the earliest works of ancient Greek literature (Murnaghan 2). According to most scholars, it was written by Homer in ancient Greece (Spievogel 47).
Homer's Odyssey and Oedipus the King In Greek culture, there are many epic stories. Even though each story has different outcomes, every hero has certain features in common. Odysseus in The Odyssey and Oedipus in Oedipus the King are examples of epic heroes that are quite similar. Odysseus and Oedipus are alike in which they both are considered as godlike men. Furthermore, Odysseus and Oedipus also demonstrate their crude habits with their hubris behavior throughout their own prophecy.