Clever Odysseus and Wondering Me

In reading the epics of Homer and Virgil, I was struck by the use of titles for each character, from "clever Odysseus" to "circumspect Penelope" to "glorious Hector" to "pious Aeneas." Rarely is a character mentioned, even in the most unimportant instances, without his or her name being preceded by an adjective of some sort. If…