For this reflective discussion, think about the major players you have encountered so far in Lessons 9-11. Figures like Heracles, Theseus, Perseus, and Jason might be the more archetypal hero figures; Oedipus, Agamemnon, and Orestes may be less frequently defined as “heroes.” There are also a number of women who appear in various roles: Andromeda, the damsel-in-distress; Medea, the wily witch; Ariadne, the clever helper; Clytemnestra, the murderous wife; Electra, the mother-hating daughter. These lists are not comprehensive but will help get you started as you reflect on the roles these figures have played and how they might be identified in the bigger picture view of classical saga.
Questions to answer:
What are some actions of non-heroic figures from saga that could be considered heroic?
What are some actions of more traditional heroes that seem to undermine the ideal of what a hero should be?
In what ways are the women of saga portrayed positively? Are there any actions they perform that could be considered heroic?