Sanctified Violence in Homeric Society: Oath-Making Rituals in the Iliad

Sanctified Violence in Homeric Society: Oath-Making Rituals in the Iliad

by Margo Kitts
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521855292

ISBN-13: 9780521855297

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521855297
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2005
Pages:
258
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.29(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: 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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