The Pursuit Of Love: The Hero Of The Iliad
Priam displayed his overwhelming grief for his son Hector to Achilles. Remorseful and sympathetic, Achilles consoled Priam. To help prevent any further ill feelings between the two, Achilles decided to do something decent. Achilles cleaned up the defiled body of Hector and delivered him to his father Priam for burial and the two ate dinner together. By showing sympathy and decency, Achilles was able to reach Areté.
Achilles was born the son of a goddess Thetis and the Greeks perceived him as a hero. So for him to reach Areté was important for the ancient Greeks. The Greek view of how the gods valued human life is an indication of how the Greeks valued human life. After Achilles’ noble act to Pariam and Hector, it demonstrated how he merits human life. By reaching Areté showed that Achilles thought highly of human life and not devalue