Should Alexander The Great Be Considered “The Great”? Ubaid Thoophany 5/11/15 Alexander the great should be considered the great because of all the great things he did. He made his kingdom overpowered, and built a name for himself and his people, which is a very brave and hard thing to do. First off, he ruled his kingdom Macedonia, well and helped it by making the right choices for his empire. Also, he fought in many wars with such bravery to prove himself worthy and determined to be known as “The Great”.
Comparison and Contrast: Medieval Characteristics What makes a hero, a hero? When looking back through world literature, there are many heroes. An epic hero can be described has a brave and noble character in an epic poem that is admired for their great achievements. There are many heroes throughout the ancient and classical periods. In Homer’s Iliad, there are two heroes that draw attention right away, Achilles and Hector.
Salvatore Giunta similar to an epic hero. The qualities of ancient Greek heroes do align with modern day heroes. Both modern day heroes and epic heroes are able to be brave when they need to be. Odysseus, an epic hero, was a brave warrior who risked his life for his men when they needed him. Sgt.
Though they come from different cultures, time periods, and lands, King Arthur and Beowulf do share some similarities and differences. The first and the most vital differences between them is that King Arthur is defined as a romance hero, and Beowulf is said to be an epic hero. According to the myths, an epic hero is a central figure in the epics where he reflects the particular values and heroic ideals of his society. Beowulf, one of the ancient England’s heroes- a brave knight, is described to be the perfect archetype of an epic hero. Like all the epic heroes, this hero of ours “possesses superior physical strength and supremely ethical standards”.
The Mesopotamians had a God that explained anything and everything in their culture. Gilgamesh was the story of a king trying to reach god status and live an eternal life. His adventures and battles captivated those of his time and catapulted his name to be known as a hero. The Mesopotamians viewed Gilgamesh as their folk hero because he was the epitome of what they all strived to achieve. His adventures are what they had heard all their lives and believed it all took place.
Odysseus had a very large impact on Ancient Greece for many reasons, some being the trojan horse, ability to solve important problems with great wisdom and knowledge, as well as being able to just inspire his fellow Greeks. Odysseus the king of Ithaca and son of Laertes was considered the most clever Greek hero and not surprisingly, he was protected by Athena, goddess of wisdom. Odysseus was able to find solutions for many important problems. This is problems like when Odysseus was sent on a huge journey rather known as the Odyssey written by the famous writer Homer. He also used his knowledge for great impacts like the fall of Troy.
“Save us, once more, and again twisted gold, heaped-up ancient treasure, will reward you for the battle you win.” (37) 566. This goes by the saying “hard work pays off”, the battle might be a hard battle, but you will get rewarded after your achievement just like Beowulf. In the epic poem “Beowulf”, rewards were a way of saying “thank you for all you have done”. Beowulf got rewarded a couple of times for his achievements. “Then Wiglaf went back, anxious to return while Beowulf was alive, to bring him treasure they’d won together.
In stories, the protagonist is always the interesting one who saves people. In “The Odyssey” by Homer the hero, Odysseus, makes this story very interesting to read. Odysseus has remarkable qualities that show the reader at the beginning of the story that he is the protagonist through analyzing his personality. Odysseus is a strong, courageous leader and his intelligence always gets him closer and closer to his goal. Odysseus’s strong leadership play’s a huge role in the issues that face him on his journey home to Ithaca.
One of the most important epics from Greek times alludes a concept that shows great excellence. Odysseus will to overcome all his obstacles shows arete. Arete is a concept that greeks really embraced, it first meant excellence in war but later it became a overall excellence of a good person with good values and virtues. In this story, Odyssey, we see the story of a man that encounters many battles and obstacles through his journey, and in the first lines we are already able to see that the main focus is a man of great importance and excellence. “Tell me, Muse, the story of that resourceful man."
We understand and have observed their history and significant contributions through books of history and philosophy, perhaps this period was the most interesting time of Greece. Greek men are also known as brave heroes and warriors. However, I found very interesting that Greek “Philotimo” which means “self-pride” is a very important value of their culture which involves generosity, respect to others (especially elders) and this behaviors are carried from generations to generations as one of the most valuable aspects of their culture (Hellenism, 2014). 1. What are some key things you have learned about this culture through reading the scholarly literature?