oa Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Pistos hetairos in the Iliad and the Odyssey

Volume 26, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141



The epithet 'pistos' conveys reliability, but this meaning is rare in the Iliad and goes beyond comradeship. It is used only once in the Odyssey. Pistos means loyal and is used for heroes who have died in battle.

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