Ransom, Revenge, and Heroic Identity in the Iliad

Ransom, Revenge, and Heroic Identity in the Iliad

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Ransom, Revenge, and Heroic Identity in the Iliad by Wilson Donna F., Donna F. Wilson

Wilson examines the nature of compensation—ransom and revenge—in the liad, offering a fundamentally new reading of the quarrel between Agamemnon and Achilles. She presents a detailed anthropology of compensation in Homer, located in the wider context of agonistic exchange, to demonstrate how the struggle over definitions is a central feature of elite competition for status in the zero-sum and fluid ranking system of Homeric society. The study thus asserts the integral role of compensation in the traditional, cultural and poetic matrix of this foundational epic.

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ISBN-13: 9780521032780
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/28/2006
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.59(d)

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