Who is better, Odysseus or Achilles?
These were the two major heroes in the Homeric epics. They each accomplished their major objectives and were lauded for it by their countrymen.
That said, they each had their strengths and weaknesses.
Odysseus was clever and intelligent, but he was also prone to lying and dishonesty.
Achilles was brave and martial, but he was also prone to stupidity and reckless warlike abandon, not to mention cruelty.
Odysseus favored the indirect approach, while Achilles favored the direct approach. Yet each did well when staying true to their own nature.
That said, which style was superior?
I am told that this was a common debate topic for students in ancient Greece and Rome. Perhaps we can recreate those ancient debates here, on this blog?
What do you guys think?
Who's better? Odysseus or Achilles?