11. Lineage Versus the Man
Several times in the Iliad characters point out that in comparison to the immortals, men are just like leaves on a tree that are there for a season and then wilt and die. (Iliad 6.144 and 21.461) How difficult it must be for a god to keep an eye on just one leaf in the flurry of the falling leaves in the autumn. I wonder if the gods, rather than thinking about an individual “short-lived” hero like Achilles thought instead of his lineage the pious Aeacides? Here is my research on the gods confounding a man with his lineage and vice versa.
Part II: The Trojans Princes
Part III; The Gods’ Love of the Line of Melampus
Part IV; The Lineage Versus the Man
Although not in the same category of "dear" or "pious" we might consider;