• Father Thyme

    The word “hero” stems etymologically from an arsonist named “Herostratus,” who on July 21, 356 BCE, while seeking notoriety, burned down the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus. His name has become a metonym for someone who commits a criminal act in order to become famous. wikipedia.org/wiki/Herostratus

    • Hero
      • Father Thyme

        See James Bowman’s article “From Heroes to Herostratus.”
        The New Criterion. New York, April 18, 2001

        The above article is cited in: Terrorism for Self-glorification: The Herostratos Syndrome By Albert Borowitz (Kent State University Press, Jan 1, 2005)

        There is a connection, even if connotation differs from original, as happens with words.

        • Hero

          You’re saying that the word “hero” itself etymologically came from the name of an attention seeker. I am merely saying that is not the case.

          • Father Thyme

            Arsonists and bombers are recognition-craving heroes, if this crime classification manual is correct.

            Chapter 11 Arson/Bombing
            212 Attention seeking
            213 Recognition (hero)

            Crime Classification Manual: A Standard System for Investigating and Classifying Violent Crime, Third Edition (John Wiley & Sons, 2013) p. 277

            “I’ll be watching you!” –Gunnery Sergeant Hartman (Full Metal Jacket, 1987)

          • Etymology is in Linguistics

            Did you even read the links? The word “hero” in the English language ETYMOLOGICALLY ultimately comes from the Ancient Greek word “ἥρως”. Etymology is part of the field of linguistics, and you argued in your thread starting comment that “hero” ETYMOLOGICALLY comes from a Greek attention-seeker’s name.

            You don’t have to like the word or the Marine Corps, but don’t conflate linguistics with contemporary politics and law, like you’re doing now.

            Whatever I’m done with this site. You’re just as bad as the Marines as this site claims, making this much bigger than a simple etymology correction. And I’ve already read all I’ve needed to read on this site.

          • Father Thyme

            Not a “Hero” anymore?

            “I got your name! I got your ass! You will not laugh! You will not cry! You will learn by the numbers! I will teach you!” –Gunnery Sergeant Hartman

            At least you’re learning.

  • usmcbegone

    Cult of Dusty- Do Not join the Military
    Some wisdom from an intelligent Southern Redneck!