Immortal Armor: The Concept of Alke in Archaic Greek Poetry

Immortal Armor: The Concept of Alke in Archaic Greek Poetry

by Derek Collins

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Immortal Armor: The Concept of Alke in Archaic Greek Poetry by Derek Collins

Although military concepts in Homeric poetry have been studied since Alexandrian times, there has not been until now an extended study of the concept of alke, "defensive strength," as it unfolds intertextually within the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey" and archaic Greek poetry generally. Derek Collins uses evidence from Homeric poetry to reveal that alke, unlike other concepts of strength in archaic Greek, plays a central role in defining a warrior at the peak of his prowess, which can be related in turn to its application to kings and to its use by Zeus and Athena as divine emblems of warfare. Just as importantly, Collins shows how alke functions poetically as a plot device for the "Odyssey" as the poem retrospectively views the "Iliad". Finally, by integrating evidence from linguistics, anthropology, and comparative literature, Collins argues that the meaning of alke cannot be divorced from the oral-traditional media from which it emerges, and that its conceptual structure depends as much on archaic Greek as it does on the poetic demands of the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey".

Author Biography: Derek Collins is Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the co-translator, with Janice Orion, of Claude Calame's "The Choruses of Young Women in Ancient Greece" (Rowman & Littlefield, 1997).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780847688203
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/28/1997
Series: Greek Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches Series
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.34(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Derek Collins is Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the co-translator, with Janice Orion, of Claude Calame's The Choruses of Young Women in Ancient Greece (Rowman & Littlefield, 1997).

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Acknowledgmentsxi
Introduction1
1Possession, Armor, and the Death of Patroklos15
2The Alke from Zeus and the Ambiguities of Signification46
3The Remembering of Alke and the Danger of Forgetting78
Selected Bibliography126
General Index132
About the Author139

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