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Ancient Hero Homers epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey created a classical setting for Greek Heroes The poems are full of battles peril and adventures that allow the heroic characters be courageous The heroes face a barrage of arrows with out flinching and are merciless enough to kill many men with out regret The heroic characters battle for love duty and to protect there homes and families A hero is defined in Greek mythology as a person of divine ancestry who has courage strength and is celebrated by both the gods and people Ancient Greek heroes characterize traits of strength ability resourcefulness honor and pride Homers heroic characters portray these characteristics by facing many challenges through out the poems Heroes in ancient times where important because they where the first mortal humans portrayed in stories Homers poems show change in the central theme of literature in that time Stories for the first time where about people instead of just the mysterious and powerful gods Homers poems exude with heroes on every level that reveal the human side and the heroic side of a person The depth and personification of Homers hero laid the ground work for the modern day hero In Ancient Greece it was a widely accepted value to strive for a heros excellence Homers Iliad and Odyssey do not explicitly detail the characteristic of excellence or a hero but the behavior of the heroic characters can be analyzed to derive these attributes Odysseus Achilles and Diomedes are three of Homers most note worthy characters in his epic poems that demonstrate the values of a heros excellent They personify what was expected of a classical Greek hero One of Homers most controversial heroes is Odysseus from the Odyssey Odysseus the king of Ithaca is a key example of the traits that were expected from a hero He was known for his intelligence resourcefulness courage and sometimes ruthlessness Arguments
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