Ancient Greek Idelologist for Heroism Essays

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Of the many conflicting philosophies, morality, when referring to one's sense of ethics, is the greatest and most intriguing disparity between the Ancient Greek ideologies of heroism and the contemporary views of today. By the standards of the Greeks, Achilles was a Hero. He was the embodiment of the individual, a man of unwavering principle, not only unwilling but incapable of allowing his values to become compromised. His credo and the actions determined though it, while certainly irreconcilable with present ethical standards, are strongly rooted in his own idea of justice. Jason, the archetype of the tragic hero, used Medea for personal gain, and then discarded her, but in so doing, avenged his family and freed a kingdom from a tyrant. …show more content…
It is no wonder then that historians and psychology experts alike consider the events of their enmity a sociological treasure trove. If he had followed the laws of the Warrior Ethic, a set of guidelines for heroic behavior, he would not have desecrated his opponent's corpse. Hector also considers abandoning the Ethic, debating handing over his kingdom in exchange for his life:
With honourable justice to restore:
And add half Ilion's yet remaining store,
Which Troy shall, sworn, produce; that injured Greece
May share our wealth, and leave our walls in peace. (Iliad 22.163-167)
He soon decides he cannot dishonor himself in such a way. No season now for calm familiar talk,
Like youths and maidens in an evening walk:
War is our business, but to whom is given
To die, or triumph, that, determine Heaven! (Iliad 22.170-174)
Hector’s personal feelings, which will not allow him to fight, cannot coincide with the code by which he lives, which will not allow him to return to Troy without victory. In his confusion, he flees, running around Troy three times, until he regains control. He turns to Achilles and offers a pact: "If I kill you, I won't mutilate your body, and, after I've stripped your armor, I'll even give you back to your comrades

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