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Texts Culture Values Heroism- What did it mean in the past and does it still mean the same today This is the definition of a hero in a modern dictionary o a man or boy admired for his bravery great deeds or noble qualities o 2 a person admired for contribution to a particular field o 3 the most important male person in a story play or poem o 4 Greek Legend a man of more than human strength courage or ability especially a warrior favoured by the gods Hercules and Achilles were heroes Notice that it is always a man Does that mean that women can not be heros In the past that is what it meant The heros that we know about because we read about them in story books when we were young or heard others talk about them are all male To be a hero in the past you had to have the quality of Ar which was the idea of human perfection It translates into a word like virtue meaning basically o 1 moral excellence goodness o 3 a good quality merit o 5 the power to produce good results potency efficacy In Book 22 of the well known story called The Odyssey by Homer Ulysses one of the best examples of an Ancient Greek hero comes back to find his home overrun by suitors fighting for his wifes hand in marriage since they think him dead This is a perfect example of what we used to take for herotic behaviour Ulysses when he sees this kills all the people who have betrayed him The way in which he does it killing all the women who slept with the men as well is for us now horrifying Would we now raise up and praise a person with that much blood on his hands In a
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