------'The Homeric hero evokes awe through bravery, wondrous, if often cruel deeds, military prowess, but perhaps most significantly, the heroes of ‘The Iliad’ are ultimately mortal. They may be the descendants of Gods (Achilles mother is the Goddess Thetis), the Gods may ponder over conserving the lives of their favourite Heroes (Zeus considers intervening and disrupting fate in order to save Hektor from his inevitable death by the hands of Achilles ‘And how could Hektor keep clear of fates death’), yet our heroes are never exempt from death. It is the mortal nature of these characters that affords the reader poignancy towards our heroes, adding a tragical element.'------
 ‘The Iliad’ Page 356 Line 13
^ Extract from Eng. Coursework on 'The Iliad' & 'Antony and Cleopatra'