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    Default Historical Superheroes - Who Is Your Favorite?

    We're talking about the heroes of legend, before modern recorded history.

    I like Heracles myself, but there's something to be said for Samson, Daniel, Apollo, Izanagi, and if you are more passive, Jesus.

    Who's your favorite?

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    sun wukong

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Gold Stream View Post
    sun wukong
    I second that. The Monkey King, known as Sun Wukong in Mandarin Chinese,

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    Guan Yu from one of my favorite times in world history. I am currently reading a book on him.
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    King Arthur.

    ...But the badass, giant-slaying, battle-waging, witch-hunting, werewolf-fighting, fairy-underworld-invading, size-changing “Red Ravager of Britain” from Welsh and Pre-Norman Invasion British Legends.

    A lot less sitting on his ass as some French dude seduces his wife, and a lot less incest, and a lot more like Conan the Barbarian with a love of organization and posse-building.
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    Quote Originally Posted by green_garnish View Post
    We're talking about the heroes of legend, before modern recorded history.
    How far back is that?
    december 21st has passed where are my superpowers?

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    Gilgamesh, the first super hero story written down.

    You can read it here.

    There came a time when the Old Gods died! The Brave died with the Cunning! The Noble perished locked in battle with unleashed Evil! It was the last day for them! An ancient era was passing in fiery holocaust!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirby101 View Post
    Gilgamesh, the first super hero story written down.

    You can read it here.

    Was that the Reader's Digest version?
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    I'm a big fan of most of the Greek demi-gods, although almost all of them came with pretty steep downsides, and seemed as much cautionary tale as inspirational adventure (Herakles and Bellerophon in particular).

    For a favorite, tho, I might pick Robin Hood. Clever, capable, heart generally in the right place.

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    I dont know if this really fits as Historical but it is rumored the character is based of a local legend. or so it was said when the Disney movie came out in 1963.

    I spent hours watching my dad's VHs copy of the Disney Movie.

    Dr Syn Aka the Scarecrow Of Romney Marsh. A vicar who took on the identity of The Scarecrow and led a smuggling gang to fight the king's taxes. he even had a side kick in Mr Mipps. He did it all in his life. he was even a pirate.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Syn

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirby101 View Post
    Gilgamesh, the first super hero story written down.

    You can read it here.

    Some ***hole tore a bunch of pages out of the book!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrNewGod View Post
    Some ***hole tore a bunch of pages out of the book!
    Don't worry - Mike Carey, Peter Gross, and Dean Ormston found them. But to avoid copyright issues, they had to claim that the story was actually Unwritten.


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    Quote Originally Posted by green_garnish View Post
    We're talking about the heroes of legend, before modern recorded history.

    I like Heracles myself, but there's something to be said for Samson, Daniel, Apollo, Izanagi, and if you are more passive, Jesus.

    Who's your favorite?
    I like Ulysses too… but with a modern characterization. The old Ulysses was rather a looter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zelena View Post
    I like Ulysses too… but with a modern characterization. The old Ulysses was rather a looter.
    By "Ulysses" do you mean the version of Odysseus that's presented in the Aeneid? Virgil had an agenda, since his book is about Aeneas, a Trojan, he has to make the Greeks look bad. So from that perspective Odysseus is the bad guy because he enabled Agamemnon's raid on Ilium.

    For the Greeks, we're talking about centuries here. The Odyssey is a story that dates back to the 12 century B.C. and the Homeric version we know was being sung around the 8th century B.C. Over the centuries how the Greeks viewed Odysseus changes with how they change themselves as a people.

    The Homeric version, I think, is quite heroic. He's the thinking man's hero. He's not just exceptionally strong, he's smart. And he survives by his wits. The gods look on him with favour, because he's such a good guy. His ploy to get inside Ilium is an example of his intelligence.

    Some later Greek writers did treat Odysseus as an untrustworthy fellow. But hey, if you're from Athens you probably don't trust anyone from Ithaca. Athenians spoke Doric Greek, Ithacans spoke Ionian Greek.

    It's a cultural thing. In some cultures at some periods of history, surviving by your wits and knowing how to steal stuff is important. A lot of the Greek myths are about some dude stealing stuff--and that's good. In the recent past we looked at people who steal stuff as heroes. Now we look at them as bad guys (maybe).
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