greek 1 - Chris Collotta History 300 Paper#1 The Warrior...

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Chris Collotta History 300 Paper #1 The Warrior Code The Ancient Greeks were a militaristic people who believed they gained greatness through their exploits on the field of battle. The Warrior Code that existed during the days of Homer was a set of basic honorable principles that all men were to follow. A Greek warrior was to be able to show restraint off the battlefield by giving hospitality and respect to the weak and poor. In Greek thought, if a warrior was to show hybris (arrogance,) then he was destined to be killed through the will of the Gods. A true warrior in Ancient Greece was expected to treat his subordinates with respect because they would be no match in battle and therefore an unworthy opponent. In the days of Homer, “honor was measured through fighting, pure and simple. Prowess on the battlefield was ranked supreme, high above any considerations of morality.” 1 If a Greek were ever to become too arrogant then they were almost always destined to die a dishonorable death, or in other cases they would lose a family member in some horrific way. The balance of hybris and aidos, (arrogance and humility,) was very important to the Greek Warrior Code because it was supposed to keep all men in check from becoming too God like. In Homer’s Iliad we meet Achilles, the greatest Greek warrior of all time. In the beginning of the story it is the ninth year of the Trojan War, an epic battle that was fought 1 Cateret, N. Which of the heroes of the lliad best embodies the 'heroic code? . archictecture/articles/achill.htm
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over a Greek woman, Helen. There was always bad blood between the Greeks and Trojans. So, Agamemnon, who was king of the Greeks, had been patiently waiting for a reason to attack the walls of Troy. It was Paris, a prince of Troy, who would give Agamemnon and the Greeks sufficient reasoning to begin their charge. Paris fell in love with Helen, wife of Menelaus, and brought her back to Troy. Paris’ arrogance led to the Achaean invasion of Troy and the subsequent destruction. Many argue that it was true love that led Paris and Helen to flee to Troy, but I disagree. I feel that a true warrior and man would never steal another’s wife. A Greek warrior was supposed to show respect, loyalty and aidos (a sense of honor.) Menelaus was understandably angry that a Trojan prince had betrayed his honor, so when the Greeks decided to attack Troy it could be said that it was because of Paris’ hybris. We can see how the treatment of the weak affected the Greeks in Book 1 of the
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This note was uploaded on 06/22/2008 for the course HISTORY 300 taught by Professor Barton during the Spring '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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