Becoming Achilles: Child-Sacrifice, War, and Misrule in the lliad and Beyond

Becoming Achilles: Child-Sacrifice, War, and Misrule in the lliad and Beyond

by Richard Kerr Holway

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739146910
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 11/17/2011
Series: Greek Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches Series
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Richard Holway has a PhD in political science from the University of California at Berkeley. The history and social sciences editor at the University of Virginia Press, he teaches in the Department of Politics and the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Program at the University of Virginia.

Table of Contents

Foreword Gregory Nagy, General Editor xi

Preface and Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

1 The Quarrel 7

2 Heroic Psychology 27

3 Mythobiographies 49

4 Catharsis and Denial 61

5 Fathers and Sons 79

6 Mothers and Sons 105

7 Departures from Maternal Agendas 131

8 Self in Crisis 153

Epilogue: Achilles and Socrates 177

Notes 199

Selected Bibliography 231

Index 247

What People are Saying About This

Author of American Homicide, Ohio State University - Randolph Roth

"A profound and timeless study of the psychological consequences of being raised in a martial society that values the defense of honor—personal and collective—above all else."

Harvard University (from the Foreword) - Gregory Nagy

"This book is not only good to think with: it is also good, very good, to talk about."

Author of Poetics before Plato, Swarthmore College
- Grace Ledbetter

"By applying the current psychology of attachment theory to the Iliad, this book illuminates Homer and Greek myth. What we see is a culture that depends on and perpetuates child-sacrifice and destructive family dynamics."

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