Looking for user flair? Find a flair you like, click it, and send the message it brings you to exactly as-is.
If you take a pretty girl who is the daughter of a priest of Apollo as war booty and refuse to have her ransomed, Apollo will rain plague on your troops. If an arrow or a spear were thrown at you in battle, more often than not, it would land on your nipple or thereabout.
Or alternatively, it would pierce your helmet and splatter your brain. Real men eat red meat, specifically: The most valuable booty are in no particular order: Lesbians are particularly prized.
There is nothing more glorious for a warrior than to sack enemy cities, plunder their wealth, kill all their men, bed their pretty women and enslave their children. The only men who matter are warriors, but if you are a woman, the range of roles that you could play is rather more diverse.
All the major conflicts in the story are triggered by women, or specifically by their sexuality: Zeus is not above being manipulated by Hera, and Ares the God of War actually got whacked on the head by Athena.
What I find most surprising about the Iliad is the amount of graphic, X-rated violence that it contains. The violence is not the biblical slaying and smiting, but something much more voyeuristically gory: But the big spear's point still stuck in the eye socket The Iliad is assumed to be the written version of a much older oral poem, and such characters might represent collective memories of real Bronze Age warriors, but by Zeus, hundreds of pages of them being hacked, cleaved and skewered to death almost did me in.
Now, what is the purpose of such meticulously catalogued carnage? Was Homer trying to present War with all its attendant horrors to shock his audience into pacifism? Or was the old guy just trying to write an 8th century BCE equivalent of a blockbuster action-adventure movie with enough gore to satisfy his young male demographic?
The Iliad both celebrates and laments the warrior spirit: The Greek gods are blissfully free of any human notion of morality which makes the problem of theodicy much more simpler to solve than in the Judeo-Christian model. The Olympian gods do not move in mysterious ways: Well, it happened that just before the battle was about to begin, Hera seduced him and subsequently put him to sleep with the help of Hypnos, whom she bribed with one of the Graces.
A perfectly logical and very human explanation. The story gets much more interesting in the last five books. This was a time when war was as elemental as they come:Lancer of "Red" is the Lancer-class Servant of the Red Faction in the Great Holy Grail War.
While he is originally summoned by Feend vor Sembren of the Red Faction, he later becomes one of the Servants of Shirou Kotomine. He also appears in E Pluribus Unum, the Fifth Singularity in Fate/Grand. The Complex Hero in Beowulf - The story of Beowulf is one of the oldest examples of what society views as a hero.
Though the story was written in Anglo-Saxon times, the credentials one would need in order to be considered by society a hero remain the same. Fragmentary relief dedicated to the goddess Ninsun, mother of Gilgamesh.
(Public Domain) Also, the fate stated that she expected a great gift from the second life of Enkidu.
Achilles and Gilgamesh have many similarities and differences as epic heroes; for example, their obsession with death and immortality and their reactions to the deaths of others. Achilles and Gilgamesh are two epic heroes who share many similarities.
Both men are kings of their respective places, their subjects look up to them and expect a . Andy Smith 12/22/ Foley: Homer Achilles and Gilgamesh: Epic Heroes, Loss, and Mortality Recent studies have begun to see the Homeric epics in the light of other epic traditions, notably epics from Mesopotamia, and have begun to look at striking similarities.