Odysseus qualifies as an epic hero for many reasons. Ancient Greek myths depict heroes as strong warriors and courageous leaders, compelling and confident speakers, people who demonstrate courage and take risks, people who go on long journeys with a group of followers but engage in combat on their own, people who prove themselves through difficult combat with a strong antagonist, and people who encounter a supernatural power that may help them. Odysseus shows many of these traits in “The Odyssey”. In this passage, Odysseus says “’…I alone should listen to their song. Therefore you are to tie me up, tight as a splint, erect along the mast, lashed to the mast, and if I shout and beg to be untied, take more turns of the rope to muffle me’” (Homer 23-28). This shows that although Odysseus has a group of loyal followers, he decides to listen to the Sirens’ song on his own. In another passage, Homer writes, “They tied me up, then, plumb amidships, back to the mast, lashed to the mast, and took themselves again to rowing” (44-46). This demonstrates Odysseus taking risks and having courage. In conclusion, Odysseus is an epic hero, because he is courageous in times of danger and has a group of followers, but engages in combat on his own.