Sanctified Violence in Homeric Society: Oath-Making Rituals in the Iliadby Margo Kitts
Pub. Date: 12/31/2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
In Sanctified Violence in Homeric Society, Margo Kitts focuses on oath-making narratives found in the Iliad through which she articulates a theory of ritualized violence. She analyzes ritual paradigms, metaphors, fictions, and poetic registers as oath-making principles, which she then traces through Homeric references and texts from the ancient New East. Discussing ritual features that are common to acts of religious violence throughout the world, Kitts makes use of the theory of ritual performance as communication.
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Table of ContentsIntroduction: why another treatment of Greek sacrifice?; 1. Epics, rituals, and rituals in epic: methodological considerations; 2. Premises and principles of oath-making in the Iliad; 3. Ritual scenes and epic themes of oath-sacrifice; 4. Homeric battlefield theophanies, in light of the ancient Near East; Conclusion.
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