The Rape of Troy: Evolution, Violence, and the World of Homer / Edition 1

The Rape of Troy: Evolution, Violence, and the World of Homer / Edition 1

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by Jonathan Gottschall
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521870380

ISBN-13: 9780521870382

Pub. Date: 04/30/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Homer's epics reflect an eighth-century BCE world of warrior tribes that were fractured by constant strife; aside from its fantastic scale, nothing is exceptional about Troy's conquest by the Greeks. Using a fascinating and innovative approach, Professor Gottschall analyses Homeric conflict from the perspective of modern evolutionary biology, attributing its

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Homer's epics reflect an eighth-century BCE world of warrior tribes that were fractured by constant strife; aside from its fantastic scale, nothing is exceptional about Troy's conquest by the Greeks. Using a fascinating and innovative approach, Professor Gottschall analyses Homeric conflict from the perspective of modern evolutionary biology, attributing its intensity to a shortage of available young women. The warrior practice of taking enemy women as slaves and concubines meant that women were concentrated in the households of powerful men. In turn, this shortage drove men to compete fiercely over women: almost all the main conflicts of the Iliad and Odyssey can be traced back to disputes over women. The Rape of Troy integrates biological and humanistic understanding - biological theory is used to explore the ultimate sources of pitched Homeric conflict, and Homeric society is the subject of a bio-anthropological case study of why men fight.

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ISBN-13:
9780521870382
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2008
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments (or, the fate of Thersites)

Introduction 1

1 Rebuilding Homer's Greece 11

2 A short ethnography of Homeric society 27

3 Why do men fight? The evolutionary biology and anthropology of male violence 40

4 What launched the 1,186 ships? 57

5 Status warriors 81

6 Homeric women: re-imagining the fitness landscape 100

7 Homer's missing daughters 119

8 The Prisoner's Dilemma and the mystery of tragedy 140

Conclusion: Between lions and men 160

Appendix Dating Homeric society 166

Notes 173

Works cited 198

Index 218

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