, but only in the ways that are valued by their culture. When thinking of a hero, it is often hard to escape the idea of a Herculean warrior who goes about his heroic business of slaying monsters and saving damsels in distress with unfaltering dedication. Be it Beowulf or Superman, the idea of the superhuman warrior hero is one of the most enduring archetypes, predating literature itself. This type of hero, the Homeric hero, is described as having the "...virtues of courage, resourcefulness, magnanimity in victory and dignity in defeat..." (Auden 17), and who 's "motive is to win admiration and glory from his equals..."(Auden 17). This desire for glory and admiration means that the exact picture of the homeric hero changes with each culture, but the heroic concept endures. In two extremely influential works, Exodus and Gilgamesh, there are clear examples of Homeric heroes
, who seem very different at first, but actually share much in common. Of the two, the more classical example lies in Gilgamesh. Possessed of great abilities and being a consummate and respected warrior among the Babylonian people, Gilgamesh is an excellent example of a Homeric Hero. One clear example of this being his assault on
Cited: Auden, W. H. The Portable Greek Reader. NY: Penguin, 1955. 16-38 Mason, Herbert. Gilgamesh. NY: Penguin, 1970. The Holy Bible. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1611.