- seagoing (like frogs around the pond) swimmers and divers
- suspicious of authority (creation of democracy)
- individualistic (freedom)
- enquiring minds (science)
- openness to other culture (travel)
- articulate language (special nature of Greek): The Greeks themselves believed that they were incomparable at talking. They often said that it was this that made them superior to all “barbarians,” a word that originally meant “people who don’t speak Greek but speak unintelligibly.” Odysseus was the best talker of them all.
- sense of humor/wit
- competitive, passion for excellence (Olympics)
- the value of beauty: Adonis Venus best athlete should also be the most beautiful.
- pursuit of pleasure, joy, fun
- Odysseus embodies all of these essential characteristics of the ancient Greeks.
translated by Robert Fagles,
Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition,
Introducing the Ancient Greeks: From Bronze Age Seafarers to Navigators of the Western Mind,
W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (June 16, 2014),