Don’t miss this week’s ‘Epithet‘ Café!
The chiefs disposed their men this way and that before the fight began, drafting them out as easily as goatherds draft their flocks when they have got mixed while feeding; and among them went powerful King Agamemnon, with a head and face like Zeus the lord of thunder, a waist like Arēs, and a chest like that of Poseidon. As some great bull that lords it over the herds upon the plain, even so did Zeus make the son of Atreus stand peerless among the multitude of heroes.
Iliad 2.474–481 Sourcebook
So Agamemnon is thus portrayed in Homeric poetry. Three gods were needed to describe his qualities.
In Odyssey 19, Penelope is compared to golden Aphrodite or Artemis, two beautiful goddesses.
Then circumspect Penelope came down from her room looking like golden Aphrodite or Artemis,  and they set her a seat inlaid with scrolls of silver and ivory near the fire in her accustomed place.
Nowadays, people prefer to be characterized as or compared to, or to identify themselves with, movie stars, political figures, writers, singers, and hockey or football players.
But as for myself, I would love to have the swift feet of Achilles to be able to run and win a race, or the wisdom of old Nestor who lived a long life in his palace at Pylos, surrounded by his family.
Which attribute or personality or quality of a god or goddess or hero or movie or sports or pop star would you like to have? Would you like to be able to sing like Maria Callas, or to write like Pindar or Tolstoy, to act like Laurence Olivier, or to have the piercing blue eyes of Peter O’Toole?
Come inside the café—the weather is starting to become colder, and a log fire is blazing in the hearth. Order a nice virtual drink and some snacks, take a comfortable armchair, and let’s chat about idealized portraits.