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The Embodiment Of An Epic Hero

July 2, 2017
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The Embodiment of an Epic Hero
In many stories collected from across the ancient world seemingly each and every cul-
ture has some kind of an epic story which involves the telling of tales for great conquering he-
roes that have overcome countless hardships during what often seems to be perilous journeys.
Regularly, men are portrayed as epic heroes and are described as being deceptively cunning,
tremendously courageous, and able to accomplish daunting superhuman feats in routinely un-
certain situations. Several cultivating stories, read in class, tell of Epic Heroes having these be-
fore mentioned characteristics are: the Greek story of The Odyssey and the comparative Hindus
story of The Epic of Gilgamesh. With each story in comparison it is clear that both societies took
a sense of pride from the idea of nationalism and the mentality of “superiority” over other peo-
ples either in the same community or from separate domains. Theoretically this reflects back on
the idea of how members society either differed or similarly projected their views of what an an-
cient Epic Hero was and in result revealed aspects of their culture through daily lives and the
overview of their civilization.
Values within Greek Culture
The Odyssey inside The Human Record describes how the ancient Greeks perceived
the world they lived in on three different levels. The first level describes how Greeks appreciated
the idea of a noble virtuous warrior, that capitalizes on the idea of “personal honor, bravery, and
loyalty to one’s comrades; furthermore personifies the motivation of humans through emotion
and loss. Lastly attempts to make sense of the age old question of ‘why are we [Humans]
here?”’ (Andrea- 51).
In the outlook on Greek Society at the time, what people seemed to value most was not
just the idea of the personified hero and warrior's values of: honor, bravery, and loyalty, but
rather additionally the emphasis on social practices of the time period and also the values
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placed on that of family, furthermore religion seems to be as equally important to the culture of
the Greeks.
The Greek Hero— The Odyssey
Within the reading of the actual Epic poem itself a reader can notice the regard to each
level as before described, for example on the first level of how warriors are held in high regard a
reader can reference when Odysseus references the battle Troy and speaks of at the hero

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