A Case for Further Study of the Heroic Code and the Warriors Who Serve It
Advancement to Candidacy Examination
Humanities External Degree
Warfare has intrigued me for years. Throughout studies as an undergraduate, I gravitated towards those courses which featured focused looks at various battles in history and the major players within those conflicts. The Western Humanities courses I enrolled in looked at the evolution of the arts from a historical perspective and each chapter had a section dedicated to better understanding how warfare shaped the cultures of an age and how the arts reflected those changes. My literature courses also tended towards a look at warfare with selections covering Arthurian Legend, Chivalric Code, Revolutionary Writers in
My journey into
In the assignment I was required to discuss Homer’s concept of the warrior as a hero. Further, I was to explain the underlying relationship between the hero and the society of which he is a part. In researching this project, I came to learn much about the intrinsic values and qualities attributed to the warrior class of ancient
The root idea of understanding the concept of the warrior-hero is quite worthy of further study. It lends itself nicely to further, expanded consideration as a possible final thesis topic in that Feuer has already provided the groundwork for understanding how one culture (if not more) views the warrior’s role in society, and which qualities make him heroic. Additional research could take one of three possible directions. First, a student could opt to study how other societies contemporary with the ancient Greeks formulated the criteria for a warrior-hero such as the Assyrians, the Hittites, or the Persians. A second possible avenue would be for the student to continue to study how elements of heroism are conceived in other war-like societies in
Regardless, Dr. Feuer’s class taught me a great deal about the nature of warfare and how both the warrior class and the peasant class binge or suffer based on the prosperity of one another. The course masterfully weaves literary and historical accounts of warfare into a cohesive unit of study and by learning to look through these media, one would be quite capable of further pursuing study of the warrior-hero and his role in the society he represents.