Epic Hero Notes The Odyssey. Themes for The Odyssey. Loyalty, devotion and courage in the face of great adversity or challenge 2) The Greek ideal of a strong body and a strong intellect. Themes for The Odyssey. The wandering hero The triumph of good over evil
8) In an epic, gods and goddesses often interfere in the hero’s affairs, sometimes to help protect and sometimes to hurt or punish
9) The adventures of the hero take the form of a series of separate events, each a brief story on its own, as the hero moves from one challenge to another.
10) HOMER—the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey; a wandering minstrel who lives around 800 BC. He was thought to have been blind.
11) The purpose of an epic was to entertain and to teach lessons about society.