Achilles

Achilles

by Marta González González

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781317196440
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/14/2017
Series: Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 152
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Marta González González is Profesora Titular of Greek Philology at Málaga University (Spain). Her main research interests are Greek literature (particularly tragedy), Greek religion, and epigraphy. She is the author of a monograph on the Greek epigrammatist Nossis of Locri (2006) and of a co-authored book, with Ana Iriarte, Entre Ares y Afrodita. Violencia del erotismo y erótica de la violencia en la Grecia Antigua (2008, reprinted, 2010). Her most recent publications include articles on Greek religious vocabulary of funerary inscriptions.

Table of Contents

Series foreword

Acknowledgements

List of illustrations

Why Achilles?

1. Introducing Achilles

A Mythological "Biography"?

Who is Achilles?

Evidence for Achilles

The Best of the Achaeans, Apollo’s Antagonist

The Scope of this Book

Brief overview of each chapter

Key Themes

2. The Origins of The Trojan War, The Origin of Achilles

Introduction

The Origins of the Trojan War: Achilles and Helen

The Birth and Childhood of Achilles

Achilles’ Teachers

Overview

3. A Men’s World: Achilles’ Emotions

Introduction

Emotions and scenarios of action

Achilles’ anger as the Iliad’s leitmotif

Achilles and Ajax. A shame culture

The Myrmidons

Overview

4. Achilles’ Sacrificial Victims

Introduction

Ambush, Pursuit and Sacrifice of Troilus

Young Trojans on the Pyre of Patroclus

The Hawk Chasing a Dove: The Death of Hector

A Last Sacrifice in Honour of Achilles: Polyxena

Overview

5. Gender And Sexuality

Introduction

Achilles on Skyros: Becoming a Man in Ancient Greece

Achilles and Patroclus in Love?

Tears of Heroes

Sexual Violence on the Trojan Stage

Overview

6. The Fury Subdued: To Forget, To Forgive

Introduction

Agamemnon’s guilt

Kissing Achilles’ Hands

Achilles with no Shadows

Overview

7. The Death And Cult Of Achilles

Introduction

The Tradition of Achilles’ Death in the Epic. Echoes of the "Homeric Question"

Achilles’ Heel, Achilles’ Ankle: the Death of the Hero

Achilles in the Underworld. The Island of Leuke

The Cults of Achilles. Archaeological and Literary Evidence

Overview

8. Philosophical, Political and Ethical Debates

Introduction

Achilles and the tortoise

Not life but a good life. Achilles as model for Socrates

Healing anger

Justice and revenge

More hateful than the gates of Hades is the man who hides one thing in his heart and says another

Overview

9. Achilles In Modern Literature In English

Introduction

When there was peace, before the coming of the sons of the Achaians (Il. 22.156)

Never More Shall a Second Grief thus Reach my Heart (Il. 23.45–46)

And laid his manslaughtering hands over the chest of his dear friend (Il. 23.18)

And kissed the hands that had killed so many of his sons (Il. 24. 478–479)

Overview

Further reading

Bibliography

Index

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