The Iliad And The Aeneid Essay

1038 Words Nov 20th, 2014 5 Pages
The Iliad and the Aeneid are both two of the greatest epic poems in history. They still exist today as alive as they were told long ago. Both written by two amazing scholars, Homer and Virgil have once again astounded us with amazing stories of hero’s, war, and honor. But what truly make a hero a hero in these two stories? A hero can be imagined as a big, strong man in a cape that flies around the city. The truth is that muscles and strength doesn’t make someone a hero, it is the qualities that defines them. Qualities such as honor, loyalty, dignity, and love are what define these two such heroes. Aeneas and Achilles are the heroes from these tragedies, even though they share a lot of the qualities of a hero; they are two completely different characters. The hero of the Aeneid: Aeneas, and the hero from the Iliad: Achilles differ by sense of right and wrong, honor and loyalty, and their love.
Aeneas is a Trojan, born from Anchises; a Trojan prince and Venus; the goddess of love. Another difference between Aeneas and Achilles is that Aeneas is a Trojan and Achilles is a Greek. In the epic the Aeneid, Aeneas is proclaimed by Virgil to be a dutiful servant to the Gods, to carry out their work and to fulfill his destiny, which is all but a surprise to Aeneas. Achilles has a different destiny; he believes in no God(s) and fights for himself. Although Aeneas left his home to fulfill his destiny for the Gods, he left willingly. Achilles would have not done a task the Gods sent…

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