The Anger of Achilles:

The Anger of Achilles: "Menis" in Greek Epic

by Leonard Muellner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801432308

ISBN-13: 9780801432309

Pub. Date: 06/26/1996

Publisher: Cornell University Press

"Menis opens for consideration an immense range of significant poetic possibilities, not the least of which is that of an ethical sense for the term."—Bryn Mawr Classical Review"Henceforth no one will be able to claim that menis merely connotes strong emotion. Muellner has demonstrated that menis is a critical component of the workings of both the human and

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"Menis opens for consideration an immense range of significant poetic possibilities, not the least of which is that of an ethical sense for the term."—Bryn Mawr Classical Review"Henceforth no one will be able to claim that menis merely connotes strong emotion. Muellner has demonstrated that menis is a critical component of the workings of both the human and divine cosmos. And that is no small accomplishment."—American Journal of Philology"It is high praise, and deserved, to say that this study will take its place . . . as one of the works that have given us insights into truly fundamental issues in Homer."—Classical JournalLeonard Muellner's goal is to restore the Greek word for the anger of Achilles, menis, to its social, mythical, and poetic contexts. His point of departure is the anthropology of emotions. He believes that notions of anger vary between cultures and that the particular meaning of a word such as menis needs to emerge from a close study of Greek epic. Menis means more than an individual's emotional response. On the basis of the epic exemplifications of the word, Muellner defines the term as a cosmic sanction against behavior that violates the most basic rules of human society. To understand the way menis functions, Mueller stresses both the power and the danger that accrue to a person who violates such rules. Transgressive behavior has both a creative and a destructive aspect.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801432309
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
06/26/1996
Series:
Myth and Poetics Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
1630L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Forewordvii
Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction: Approaching Anger1
1Menis and Cosmic Status in the Hierarchy of Peers5
2Menis and the Social Order32
3The Narrative Sequence of the Hesiodic Theogony52
4The Menis of Achilles and the First Book of the Iliad94
5The Menis of Achilles and Its Iliadic Teleology133
AppendixThe Etymology of Menis177
References197
Index of Sources205
Index of Subjects214

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