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The meaning of the term hero has been debated since the beginning of time itself However the Geek conceptionhero has laid the foundation of how modern man defines heroAccording to Overfeild the concept of the Greek hero is accented by his virtues of personal honor bravery and loyalty to ones comrades 50 In The Odyssey the Greek hero Odysseus possessed each one of these attributes In A Journey to the Underworld the reader can pick up what characteristics Achaean men considered to be a hero First the spirit of Teiresias of Thebes addresses Odysseus saying Son of Laurtes sprung from Zues 51 This title implies his Godlike heroic qualities Then before speaking to Teiresias the hero must put down his mighty sword and drink the blood of the animals he has sacrificed This in turn implies Odysseuss personal honor to nature Another characteristic that Achaean men held in high regard to a hero Next when Teiresias describes Odysseuss journey home he mentions that great harm may befall on his men if he is not careful This is indirectly stating that Teiresias knows that Odysseus takes great pride in his men And he knows that Homer would not want anything to happen to his comrades This scene further describes the attributes of a hero according to Achaean men Finally towards the end of the conversation between Teiresias and Odysseus Teiresias states that our hero must sacrifice a bull for lord Poseidon This foreshadows future bravery Which again is another characteristic of a Greek hero that Achaean men held in high regard Before long the hero is befriended by his old comrade-in-arms Achilles who was slain in combat Odysseus is excited to see him He states that the Achaean men honored him as though he was a God when he was alive and that he must now rule the dead Overfield 52 It appears that Achilles at least was once considered a hero But is he a
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