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03/25/08 ***Go to Blackboard. Click in Course Document and find Artstor directions file. You will find images mentioned in class. Achilles, Odysseus and Aeneas represent three traditional archetypes of epic heroism. Primary epic heroes— Achilles is single-minded. Epic heroism is tragic . (The hero is destined to die.) Odysseus, on the other hand, is a resourceful hero. (action precedes thought) Odysseus as a Picaresque hero – odd quest Secondary epic hero— narrowing down of the theme of hero Aeneas fights for his nation. Achilles type hero Virgil’s irony is rarely seen in Homeric epics. Homer is the touchstone to understand Western tradition of heroism. Epic warrior codes, national patriotism and other traits of Homeric influence can be found in various Western arts. The term “epic” in modern days usually refers to the narrative, grand scale or significance. Nevertheless, “epic” is originated from Homeric epics.
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