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
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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.