The Anglo-Saxon mindset that a hero must be more than a man comes from the Greeks. The Greeks typically meant that their heroes must be demigods, but the Anglo-Saxons took the concept and applied the strength and wisdom to a mortal man. One very important intertwined concept of the epic hero is the hunt for a quest. Epic heroes seek out opportunities and take it upon themselves to find/carry out a quest. Ultimately quests are a huge part in the make-up of an epic hero.
Alexander admired the personality of Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Persian Empire, whose example and politics he imitated during the creation of his universal empire. Like Cyrus, Alexander respected the tradition and religion of people he dominated. The Iliad taught him that he could have only two epic and noble passions: furious anger and disinterested generous friendship. Alexander is described as having an athletic frame, but not taller than ... ... middle of paper ... ... capacity to lead his men; he knew when to withdraw and to modify and adapt his policy. Alexander had imaginative fantasy of genius, which was driven with the strong romantic figures like Achilles, Heracles, and Dionysus.
Alexander the Great was known as one of the greatest commanders ever. He was ruthless, and his only desire was to become a powerful warrior. He accomplished many things during his time as king. He conquered the Persians, spread Greek Culture, mixed other cultures, and reestablished the Corinthian League. Alexander the Great left behind an incredible legacy, and is still remembered to this day.
The dooms of Achilles and Hector dominate his design; ... ... middle of paper ... ...s' immediate and lasting success was due to his having found an answer to the spiritual needs of his time. In the vision of Rome, he presented an ideal strong enough to win the devotion of his contemporaries, and in his belief in sacrifice and suffering he prepared the way across the centuries to those like Marcus Aurelius who asked that men should live and die for an ideal city greater and more truly universal than Rome. Once Vergilius had opened up a new vision of human worth and recast the heroic ideal in a new mold, he set an example that later poets could not but follow. We might not accept his interpretation of human destiny in all its details, but we might feel that he had marked out the main lines for epic poetry and that any new heroic ideal must take account of what 'he' says and does. Bibliography: THE ILIAD BY HOMER THE AENEID BY VIGIL
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.
These things all show how Greeks believed that Zeus was masculine, but why does this make them believe that he was the most important? It may not be popular knowledge, but in ancient Greek culture, masculinity and power were highly respected and desired traits. In fact, masculinity was of such a high value in ancient Greece that it is still influential in the culture today. This proves just how influential masculinity was to these people; over a thousand of years later, the culture still has the same ideals because of how strongly imbedded it was in the culture that long ago. This same thing goes for power.
When comparing and contrasting both epics, one must first explore the protagonists and their culture. Within the Greek culture physical and military strength as well as fighting for oneself, mainly for personal satisfaction, are highly favored and is seen evidently within Odysseus’ role. He possesses the endurance, nobility, and desire for glory of a true Greek warrior. His acute mind helps him solve his most difficult challenges while his good deeds and triumphant battles earn him immense respect amongst the Greek gods. However Odysseus’ attitude is continuously being shaped by his culture and subjects him to having a tragic flaw.
Why Alexander of Macedon is called “Alexander the great” and most successfully man in conquering the world known kingdoms? The answer is easy forward. Even though today after twenty-three centuries no man has accomplished like Alexander did. Alexander the Great, the king of Macedonia is one of the greatest military Intelligence of all times. Alexander was born in 356 BC in Pella, the ancient capital of Macedonia.
He wept bitterly when he heard of Philip's conquests and said, " My father will get ahead of me in everything, and will leave nothing great for me to do." Alexander's mother taught him that Achilles was his ancestor, and that his father was descended from Hercules. Alexander learned by heart the Iliad, a story about the deeds of Achilles. He carried a copy of the Iliad with him, and Achilles became Alexander's hero. Even as a boy Alexander was fearless and strong.
In fact, it was quite the process that he went... ... middle of paper ... ... Imagining a general with great wealth, integrity, and great perverseness can only begin the learning of Pericles and his ways of being a leader of Athens. His risk-taking, leadership, and his intelligence truly show what type of person he was. Although there were people that thought he was not worthy of his position, he had many supporters and people that idolized, admired, and trusted him, making him one of the most brilliant people ever to step foot in Athens. Works Cited Gasher, Ronald. "The Greeks -- Pericles."