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Greek And Roman Heroes: Odysseus And Aeneas
Throughout history many heroes have come and gone. Every culture has their own view of what constitutes a hero. In the epic the Odyssey, Odysseus is the famed hero. In the Aeneid Aeneas is the hero. The cultures from which these stories came, Greek and Roman respectively, have many similar and different views on what they believe a hero should be. Odysseus and Aeneas are both kind to enemies and brave. The two heroes are different in their personalities. Odysseus is quick-witted and tends to think of himself at times, while Aeneas is a little nieve and thinks more of his family and the well being of his city rather than himself.
Odysseus and Aeneas share the traits of loyalty and bravery as heroes. Odysseus shows bravery when he goes after his men, trapped by Circe. When Eurylokhos comes to Odysseus and tells him of the men "vanishing" in Circe's "palace," Odysseus doesn't even hesitate to go help his men. He says,
When I heard this, I slung my...
and said 'Come take me back the way you came'
Eurylokhos begs with Odysseus not to go for fear that he too may vanish. Odysseus simply says,"Let me go as I see nothing... but to go." (10. 290-291) Odysseus is willing to go save his men, even if it means he may risk his own life in the process. Aeneas shows his bravery when he goes back to the dangerous city at war to look for his wife Cruesa. He says,
I went back
into the city again,...
ready,...for any danger. (II. 766-768)
There were Greeks all around the city, ready for attack, but Aeneas still yelled out his wife's name over and over. He didn't care if he got caught, he just wanted to find his wife. Being courageous and loyal was part of a strict code the Greeks subscribed to , according to the book Classical Greece. The Romans as well took loyalty and courage as important traits. According to the book, T...
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