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The modern mind likes its heroism served with death. "They died heroes" begin news reports of death in battles and disasters, man-made or natural. Altruism, self-sacrifice, and disregard for danger define the modern hero, both in life and in death. Sometimes heroes are defined by the fact of their survival: war heroes return home after enduring the trauma of battle, captivity, or torture. Regardless of individual circumstances, to be a modern hero entails joining a community of individuals defined by the same essential qualities of selflessness and courage: to be a hero is to be willing to sacrifice oneself and risk one's life for a greater cause, and to be remembered as much for how one faced death as for what one accomplished in life.
Walters Art Museum
Pache, C.O. (2009). The hero beyond himself: Heroic death in ancient Greek poetry and art. In S. Albersmeier (Ed.), Heroes: Mortals and myths in ancient Greece (pp. 88-107). Baltimore, MD: Walters Art Museum.
Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece