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Hector's last fight A prime example is Hector trying to flee Achilles during their final duel in Book 22 of the Iliad. Hector was a celebrated warrior, the greatest of the Trojans and commander of their army. By the time of his ill-fated duel with the best of the Achaeans, he had survived an earlier duel with Achilles (mentioned briefly in Book 9), one with ...


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This is just an initial list--I'll have to return when I have more time to provide references to source material, and will likely be expanding the list. Enkidu frozen with fear in the Cedar forest [Epic of Gilgamesh] Agamemnon at Aulis is terrified that if he doesn't sacrifice his daughter, the Achaeans will murder him. (Achilles might be considered afraid ...


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Ares the god of war Although in literature Ares represents the violent and physical untamed aspect of war, the last thing you would think is that the god of war is a coward. In Homer's version of the character he was considered a coward (losing to Athena mostly, this is because she picks her sides carefully and thinks her every move through thoroughly.) , ...


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Amaterasu or Amaterasu-ōmikami is one of the major deities in the animistic Shinto religion of Japan; her full name means “Great Divinity Illuminating Heaven.” One of the world’s few female solar deities, a principal myth featuring Amaterasu depicts her conflict with her brother, Susanoo, god of storms and the sea. Angered with Susanoo because he threw a ...


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Some brief thoughts, (answer may be evolving,) but I think the idea that "there is nothing new under the sun" sort of holds. The Anti-Hero One innovation we think of as modern is that of the anti-hero, but this template could be said to go back to Prometheus and Loki, both protagonists who resort to trickery, and face dire punishment, to attain their ...


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Well depending on the definition of classical hero, the answer may change. For the sake of this answer I'll consider them to be the protagonists of the Greek tragedies (Hercules, Odysseus, Hector, et.al.) or even some modern day heroes (Harry Potter, Katniss Everdeen, etc, spring to mind). Then you may be looking for what Joseph Campbell called the Monomyth....


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