Literature

One of the extraordinary things about Augustines Confessions is the way the author suggests that his own personal experience not as a hero, simply as a redeemed sinner could be instructive and helpful to others. Considering the dismissal of average guy characters like the enlisted soldiers in the Iliad or the sailors in the Odyssey, how is this perspective on the individual different from what we saw in Homer? What shifts in worldview could explain this new perspective on the individual?