Vergil's Aeneid, And Sophocles Antigone

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With the change of time, society has developed heroes that fit into what society’s ideal person would be, however, characteristics such as courage, selflessness, humility, patience, and caring are bestowed onto each hero of all different time periods. The Greek and Roman writers fabricated this supreme individual that could be admired by their readers and compared to as a god. The earliest stories of Odysseus, Aeneas, and Antigone are not viewed as flawless heroes in the modern world but they all contained some of these primary character traits. In Homer’s Odyssey, Vergil’s Aeneid, and Sophocles’ Antigone, each major character can be described as a hero, although, each contains similar and different character traits that fall under the scope of heroism. To begin with these three heroes embody bravery and thoughtfulness but on the other hand lack the sense of humility. Courage is the first characteristic that comes to mind when discussing what makes a person worthy of the title hero. The bravery to face daunting odds can be seen in Homer’s, Vergil’s, and Sophocles’ stories. In the Odyssey Odysseus has to escape Scylia, Polyphemus, Circe, and may other creators. Odysseus possesses an extreme amount of courage in order to guide him home to his family. In the Aeneid, Vergil creates a journey that is hard, long, and uncertain of the outcome, however, Aeneas demonstrates…show more content…
Each of these ancient heroes received glory for their achievements. To demonstrate, Odysseus is fame for ability to outwit his opponent which earned him the title King of Ithaca. Similarly, Aeneas and Antigone are well remembered in history as laying down the foundation of the Great Roman Empire and for having an unbending will. As a result of the culture none of them are examples of humble individuals which demonstrates the effect of society on

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