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Websters Dictionary defines heroic as surpassing the ordinary especially in size or scale relating to or characteristic of heroes of antiquity having or displaying qualities appropriate for heroes impressive in size or scope showing extreme courage especially of actions courageously undertaken in desperation as a last resort It has been said that Achilleus both defines and transcends the heroic code Arte is an Ancient Greek word that describes the quest for individual excellence within a social context All men in ancient Greece would like to gain this excellence so they may in a way feel superior to others who do not possess such a characteristic Possessing this characteristic is one of the many key elements in the heroic code In Homers The Iliad the greatest definition to be taken of the heroic code would have to be honor both amongst your peers and in war If one of the heroes at any time were to be warned about death in war they would have to ignore the warning because the only way to win honor is in battle Since I know that it is the cowards who walk out of the fighting but if one is to win honour in battle he must by all means stand his ground strongly whether he be struck or strike down another 11408-410 Odysseus is thinking this to himself in order to fight Once he begins battle he kills two soldiers As he continues he comes to battle with Sokos a Trojan whom he kills It seems as though the more men you kill the more honor you gain If I die the brilliant Achaians will bury me in honour 11455 The biggest demonstration that Achilleus gives of the heroic code is obviously winning the Trojan War and defeating Hektor thus gaining honor from all of his peoples Yet even prior to this demonstration Achilleus possess a great honor one of which he acquired from the
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