Much of what we know about Greek and Roman Mythology are from epic tales like Homer's Odyssey or Ovid's Metamorphosis. These are tales of great adventure which often have a hero as the center of the story. Have you noticed any similarities between these heroes of the past, and favorite characters in today's books and movies?
There were many heroes in the stories of Greek and Roman mythology. The Odyssey gave us Odysseus one of the most famous heroes of lore, which the Romans refer to as Ulysses. It can be argued that Penelope, Odysseus’ wife, story paralleled Cambell's hero's journey.
Though they don’t get as many lines in the written histories and mythology women heroes are just as plentiful and go through similar journeys, just like Katniss Everdeen. We can thank the tragedy playwright Euripides for writing several plays about Grecian female heroes such as Medea and Hecuba.