Tracing The Role Of Heroism In Greek Culture

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1.2 The essay below discusses the requirements to be deemed a hero in Greek culture and the role of heroism in Greek culture
The first requirement was the outrageousness of what the heroes did and suffer. This meant that the hero had to go through some test and hardships before attaining success. Almost all the Greek heroes went through trials before achieving their goals. For example, according to R Buxton (p, 114,121) Herakles was Zeus’s son with a mortal woman .This made Hera to persecute Herakles throughout his life including making him to perform 12 labours. The task was not easy as he had to combat monsters and madness. Despite all his suffering he still died a painful death.
A Greek hero was required to prove his excellence (CLS,

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