There is no reason to doubt his sincerity when he speculates on the possibility of seeing and knowing the heroes
of the Trojan war in another world.
If Berthier had let me destroy those damned camp equipages, this river would swallow only my poor pontoniers, those fifty heroes
who will save the army, but who themselves will be forgotten.
I do not believe that I am made of the stuff which constitutes heroes
, because, in all of the hundreds of instances that my voluntary acts have placed me face to face with death, I cannot recall a single one where any alternative step to that I took occurred to me until many hours later.
These were heroes
in deeds, but others may be equally brave.
Call, therefore, the Achaean heroes
in assembly; unsay your anger against Agamemnon; arm at once, and fight with might and main.
There have been heroes
of that kind crying in the wilderness for many years past.
But the hero of heroes
was Prince Bagration, distinguished by his Schon Grabern affair and by the retreat from Austerlitz, where he alone had withdrawn his column unbroken and had all day beaten back an enemy force twice as numerous as his own.
At length the great and long-expected day -- May 15, 1673 -- arrived; and all Haarlem, swelled by her neighbours, was gathered in the beautiful tree-lined streets, determined on this occasion not to waste its applause upon military heroes
, or those who had won notable victories in the field of science, but to reserve their applause for those who had overcome Nature, and had forced the inexhaustible mother to be delivered of what had theretofore been regarded as impossible, -- a completely black tulip.
Thus, when we find that in the "Returns" all the prominent Greek heroes
except Odysseus are accounted for, we are forced to believe that the author of this poem knew the "Odyssey" and judged it unnecessary to deal in full with that hero's adventures.
There remained nothing more but to see the heroes
of this superhuman enterprise.
Among all races when a certain stage of social development is reached at least one such minstrel is to be found as a regular retainer at the court of every barbarous chief or king, ready to entertain the warriors at their feasts, with chants of heroes
and battles and of the exploits of their present lord.
An apology for all heroes
who have good stomachs, with a description of a battle of the amorous kind.