Comparing Homer 's Odyssey, And The Odyssey Essay

823 Words Sep 6th, 2016 4 Pages
The ancient Greeks loved stories, especially ones about heroes. Homer, is perhaps, the most famous Greek poet to ever sing of heroes. But what makes a Greek hero? Jason Helier states, “In mythology and legend, a man or woman, often of divine ancestry, who is endowed with great courage and strength, celebrated for his or her bold exploits, and favored by the gods.” Two of the more superlative heroes in Greek mythology would be Odysseus and Achilles. Both heroes participated in the Trojan war. Achilles, though, was slain in the midst of this battle. However, these heroes, though, are very different in the way they fight and act. The epic heroes, Achilles and Odysseus, in Homer’s Odyssey, and Iliad, are similar, but also very different from one another. Odysseus and Achilles have many similarities in Homer’s epic poems, the Iliad, and the Odyssey. To start, both Odysseus and Achilles are renowned epic heroes in Greek mythology. Odysseus even makes known his own fame as an epic hero by saying, “I am Odysseus son of Laertes, known before all men for the study of crafty designs, and my fame goes up to the heavens.” Momi Awana points out that, “Greek heroes possessed superhuman abilities, yet their stories served as mythological reflections of human potential and human failure.” Both Achilles and Odysseus are immensely confident in their own ability to take down their opponent, but also have suffered some failures. These men play very pivotal roles in any battle they participate…

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