Moses and Gilgamesh as Homeric Heroes

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Two early examples of this are found in the Gilgamesh, from the Epic of Gilgamesh, and Moses, in the Book of Exodus. Both works tell the tale of a hero through the eyes of the culture that spawned them. In this way, both Gilgamesh and Moses are Homeric heroes , but only in the ways that are valued by their culture...
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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...
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