"Three and four times blessed are those countrymen of mine who fell long ago on the broad plains of Troy"

The fall of Troy, red-figure kylix, ca.490 BC
Public DomainThe fall of Troy, red-figure kylix, ca.490 BC - Credit: Marie-Lan Nguyen/Wikimedia Commons
A glorious death in battle, and the fame that such a death would bring to the individual and his family, was considered a good death for a Greek hero. Achilles was famously given a choice between living a full life as a nobody, or dying at Troy but winning eternal fame in the process. Achilles chose the latter. Odysseus now thinks he is about to drown, lost at sea. An anonymous death such as this, without even a proper burial or friends and family to mourn his passing, would have been considered a terrible and ignoble death for a hero such as Odysseus. This does not mean that Odysseus regrets being alive, simply that if he is to die, he would rather it were a good death.