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Aristeia describes a hero's moment of greatest glory, the moment when a hero kills the most people. It is a Greek word and comes from aristos which means "the best". It is used many times in Homer's epic poem. the Iliad. Several heroes in the Illiad had moments of aristeia. These include Agamemnon, Diomedes, and Hector.

In Athens, Sparta, and other city-states of Ancient Greece, the aristeia was a prize awarded to soldiers who had been very brave in battle.

Lucan, a Roman poet who lived from 39 to 65 AD, wrote about moments of aristeia in his epic poem called Bellum Civile. His poem was about the war between Julius Caesar and Pompey. Virgil also used aristeia in his epic poem, the Aeneid.

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