On Heroes, Hero-worship, and the Heroic in History

On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History, is a collection of six essays by Thomas Carlyle, published in 1841, based on a series of lectures he delivered in 1840. The lectures, which glorified great men throughout history, were enormously popular. In the essays, Carlyle discusses different types of heroes and offers examples of each, including divinities (pagan myths), prophets (Muhammad), poets (Dante and Shakespeare), priests (Martin Luther and John Knox), men of letters (Samuel Johnson and Jean-Jacques Rousseau), and rulers (Oliver Cromwell and Napoleon).

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