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The Iliad Outline explain the qualities of a Homeric Hero Who best fits the bill Why The Homeric hero strives to be the best among his peers His goal is to achieve the greatest glory in order to earn the highest honor from his peers his commander and finally from his warrior society He strives for excellence in particular areas of human behavior such behaviors are strength skill and determination These are necessary on the both the athletic and battlefields it is known as the idea of arete The Homeric hero judges his own arete by what his warrior society thinks of him How well the Homeric hero will be remembered and honored is determined upon how well he fights how his heroic adversity is and how well he faces death He feels that societys attitude towards him is more important than is own attitude He chooses to act in a way that will make him acquire public approval that he needs in order to have self- esteem The greatest insult to a Homeric hero is to with hold the honor that he has earned He is completely shattered when honor is denied him The honor that he would not have received would be from a battle not receiving an appropriate impressive prize or being judged a loser in a competition he should have won The highest and most honored prize is called the prize of honor In the Iliad this prize is the most attractive intelligent and skilled female captive The most absolute honor is everlasting fame It is the only for of immortality that a mortal can acquire This places the Homeric hero lower than the gods but higher than the ordinary man
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