The two main qualities any archetypal hero must have is immeasurable strength and indomitable perseverance. Typically the most common Greek heroes are Heracles and Perseus. They were both sons of Zeus and immortalized their names through their strength. Heracles was the strongest of the Greek heroes and had the longest suffering, his name finally reaching Olympus after the Twelve Labors. Like Heracles, Perseus was a strong fighter and even beheaded Medusa to claim his fame.
Odysseus is the protagonist of the epic poem by Homer, The Odyssey, known as the great epic hero, but how exactly do we know that Odysseus is an epic hero? One reason I believe that Odysseus is indeed an epic hero is that there were gods that were on Odysseus’ side and helping him on his way. Additionally, Odysseus experienced many exceptional adventures and hardship from his journey. Lastly, something epic heroes have that Odysseus shares in common is that he has beneficial characteristics such as confidence, courage, loyalty, and intelligence.
From Greek mythology, Odysseus is considered to be an epic hero. This means, that in comparison to other humans, he possesses superhuman strength, craftiness, and confidence, more so than the average person. An epic hero embodies ideals and values that culture deems as admirable. Another characteristic an epic hero must have is the capability to be helped, and harmed by the interfering gods, a trait that Odysseus certainly has.
Melody Beattie once said, “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” This is what Odysseus had to learn after he did not thank the gods for the Trojan war victory due to his pride. According to Aristotle, a Greek philosopher, “the Greek hero was born of royalty. The Greek hero was braver, taller, handsomer, stronger, than all else.
His immense power is demonstrated when “he [calls] to his son Hermes and [says]… ‘Go and declare that Odysseus shall return after all his troubles”(Homer 62). Zeus’s powerful authority enables him to positively affect Odysseus’s fate, and, in the long run, guide him through his perilous journey back home. This gives Zeus the responsibility of either building or destroying Odysseus’s heroic stature, and throughout the story there are countless examples of times when Zeus is the one that finally determines Odysseus’s stature as a hero. Although Zeus positively influences Odysseus in many ways, he also diminishes his heroic stature in many situations. One time this happens is when “Zeus … [thunders] and [strikes] our [Odysseus and his crew’s] ship with his bolt”(Homer 159).
These stories make up what is known as Greek mythology which derived from the Greek word mythos. It implies something untrue but for the ancient Greeks these stories were a matter of faith. They help explain how and why the world works as it does. The ancient people, certainly the Greeks felt that deeply passionate feelings were somehow connected in the human mind and emotions where great desires and hatreds were somehow links. Homer (700-800 BC), commonly credited as the Greek poet and author of Western Literature 's first and most influential works Iliad (c. 750-725 BC) and its sequel Odyssey (c. 743-713 BC).
Jen Cavanaugh Ms. Mitchell Hercules Annotated Bibliography 2/23/18 Research Topic: Hercules Thesis: Hercules was a very important figure in Greek culture and one of the most well known heroes of any Greek story. He had a major influence on Greek life and we still can learn from his myths and use them to apply to our own life. Daniels, Maria. “The Life and Times of Hercules .”
Greek/Roman Mythology is a topic which has always fascinated me, the idea that long-ago people believed that the gods ominously reigned over and controlled how their lives played out it fascinating. With such a boundless and copious history full of many different myths and legends that have become so iconic that most people in the current culture and education know at least somewhat about it. I think that the hidden intellectualism in Greek/Roman Mythology lies in the way we go about discovering the many different tales and how they intertwined. This is because, for one to truly grasp many of the stories told, they must first have background on the people, god’s, and creatures that are within the story. On top of that, the folkloric journeys
In Greek mythology, they are concerning about the gods, heroes, and the rituals of the ancient Greeks. In other way, the myths consist of a considerable element in fiction was accepted by the critical Greeks, such as philosopher Plato. Greek mythology is an influence Western culture upon unparalleled and it has been profound by the myths. Upon the Renaissance of the present day,they have been inspired fro the thrilling legacy of the ancient Greece. Those origin from the myths were being determine on the impossible and no one were trust on the myth version.
Aeschylus was the first well-known, successful tragedian in Greece. He also won his first competition at Great Dionysia in 484 B.C.E. Aeschylus is also well-known because of what he had incorporated into the growth of Greek Tragedy. He would often have a theme for the plays that he wrote and he would also include sequels that went along with them. He even added a second actor as well as more dialogue and more drama from age-old stories so that his audience could be familiar with his plays. He also improved the costume attires that were worn by the actor and added masks to Greek
Ancient Greeks were known to tell epic stories about their gods. These stories, myths, are still told today. The stories change from mouth to mouth, but the characteristics and actions of the gods remain. Many of the myths and legends told explain what consequences and rewards the gods got for their actions. There is no single book that contains all of the myths and legends.
Mythologies, although depicted in different ways, are a part of every culture. Every mythology has stories of their heroes and how they came to be. Usually heroes come into this world unnaturally and strangely. Heroes have their tales of incredible quests they are sent on, like fighting horrific monsters and solving complex puzzles. Eventually heroes die, whether out of heroism or stupidity.