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The Power of Thetis

Author: Laura M. Slatkin
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 164
Release: 1995
Genre: Achilles (Greek mythology) in literature
ISBN: 9780520203556
Rating: 4.0/5 (35 downloads)

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We have long recognized in the Iliad the hallmarks of the oral, traditional poet who chooses among alternative arrangements of formulaic elements. In The Power of Thetis, Laura M. Slatkin makes us aware of another compositional resource, just as crucial to our understanding of the meaning of Homeric epic. Slatkin shows how, through the selection and combination of mythic motifs, Homer interprets mythological traditions and locates his characters within them by allusion or oblique reference. The figure of Thetis, the mother of Achilles, provides an especially revealing example of the way in which such mythological resonance contributes a wider context and meaning to the epic's central themes. Slatkin teaches us to listen for what is unspoken as well as spoken in the poetry of Homer, and thereby confronts us with the larger questions of the function of epic and its boundaries as a genre.

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Challenges to the Power of Zeus in Early Greek Poetry

Author: Noriko Yasumura
Publsiher: A&C Black
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2013-10-16
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 147251968X
Rating: 4.9/5 (8 downloads)

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In the earliest extant works of Greek literature, Zeus reigns supreme in the Olympian hierarchy. However, scattered and scanty though they may be, there are allusions to threats of rebellion which challenge Zeus' supremacy. This book examines these passages, drawn from Homer, Hesiod and the "Homeric Hymns", to offer some new interpretations. While focusing on the theme of cosmic/divine strife, it becomes clear that hints of lost legends underlie these texts. Tracing their hidden logic helps to improve our understanding of early Greek poetry.

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The Power of Thetis and Selected Essays

Author: Laura M. Slatkin
Publsiher: Harvard University Press
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2011
Genre: Epic poetry, Greek
ISBN: 9780674021433
Rating: 4.4/5 (214 downloads)

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Slatkin's influential book explores the superficially minor role of Thetis in the Iliad, showing how our awareness of alternative myths brings a far greater understanding of Thetis's place in the Epic's thematic structure. This edition also includes six additional essays, which cover a broad range of topics in the study of the Greek Epic.

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The Power of Thetis

Author: Laura M. Slatkin
Total Pages: 137
Release: 1971
Rating: 4./5 ( downloads)

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Shelley and Greece

Author: J. Wallace
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 261
Release: 1997-05-30
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 023037395X
Rating: 4.3/5 (5 downloads)

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Traditionally Hellenism is seen as the uncontroversial and beneficial influence of Greece upon later culture. Drawing upon new ideas from culture and gender theory, Jennifer Wallace rethinks the nature of classical influence and finds that the relationship between the modern west and Greece is one of anxiety, fascination and resistance. Shelley's protean and radical writing questions and illuminates the contemporary Romantic understanding of Greece. This book will appeal to students of Romantic Literature, as well as to those interested in the classical tradition.

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The Staying Power of Thetis

Author: Maciej Paprocki
Publsiher: de Gruyter
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2022-11-14
ISBN: 9783110678352
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In 1991, Laura Slatkin published The Power of Thetis: Allusion and Interpretation in the Iliad, in which she argued that Homer knowingly situated the storyworld of the Iliad against the backdrop of an older world of mythos by which the events in the Iliad are explained and given traction. Slatkin's focus was on Achilles' mother, Thetis: an ostensibly marginal and powerless goddess, Thetis nevertheless drives the plot of the Iliad, being allusively credited with the power to uphold or challenge the rule of Zeus. Now, almost thirty years after Slatkin's publication, this timely volume re-examines depictions and receptions of this ambiguous goddess, in works ranging from archaic Greek poetry to twenty-first century cinema. Twenty-four authors build upon Slatkin's readings to explore Thetis and multiple roles she played in Western literature, art, material culture, religion, and myth. Ever the shapeshifter, Thetis has been and continues to be reconceptualised: supporter or opponent of Zeus' regime, model bride or unwilling victim of Peleus' rape, good mother or child-murderess, figure of comedy or monstrous witch. Hers is an enduring power of transformation, resonating within art and literature.

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The Choice of Achilles

Author: Susanne Lindgren Wofford
Publsiher: Stanford University Press
Total Pages: 496
Release: 1992-04-01
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 0804780803
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This book examines the ways that Classical and Renaissance epic poems often work against their expressed moral and political values. It combines a formal and tropological analysis that stresses difference and disjunction with a political analysis of the epic's figurative economy. It offers an interpretation of three epic poems - Homer's Iliad, Virgil's Aeneid, and Spencer's Faerie Queene - that focuses on the way these texts make apparent the aesthetic, moral, and political difference that constitutes them, and sketches, in conclusion, two alternative resolutions of such division in Milton's Paradise Lost and Cervantes' Don Quixote, an 'epic' in prose. The book outlines a theory of how and why epic narrative may be said to subvert certain of its constitutive claims while articulating a cultural argument of which it becomes the contradictory paradigm. The author focuses on the aesthetic and ideological work accomplished by poetic figure in these narratives, and understands ideology as a figurative, substitutive system that resembles and uses the system of tropes. She defines the ideological function of tropes in narrative and the often contradictory way in which narratives acknowledge and seek to efface the transformative functions of ideology. Beginning with what it describes as a dual tendency within the epic simile (toward metaphor in the transformations of ideology; toward metonymy as it maintains a structure of difference), the book defines the politics of the simile in epic narrative and identifies metalepsis as the defining trope of ideology. It demonstrates the political and poetic costs of the structural reliance of allegorical narrative on catachresis and shows how the narrator's use of prosopopoeia to assert political authority reshapes the figurative economy of the epic. The book is particularly innovative in being the first to apply to the epic the set of questions posed by the linking of the theory of rhetoric and the theory of ideology. It argues that historical pressures on a text are often best seen as a dialectic in which ideology shapes poetic process while poetry counters, resists, figures, or generates the tropes of ideology itself.

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Piety and Politics

Author: Dale Launderville
Publsiher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Total Pages: 426
Release: 2003
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 0802845053
Rating: 4.5/5 (53 downloads)

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Ancient kings who did not honor the gods overlooked an indispensable means for ruling effectively in their communities. In many traditional societies royal authority was regarded as a divine gift bestowed according to the quality of the relationship of the king both to God or the gods and to the people. The tension and the harmony within these human and divine relationships demanded that the king repeatedly strive to integrate the community's piety with his political strategies. This fascinating study explores the relationship between religion and royal authority in three of history's most influential civilizations: Homeric Greece, biblical Israel, and Old Babylonian Mesopotamia. Dale Launderville identifies similar, contrasting, and analogous ways that piety functioned in these distinct cultures to legitimate the rule of particular kings and promote community well-being. Key to this religiopolitical dynamic was the use of royal rhetoric, which necessarily took the form of political theology. By examining a host of ancient texts and drawing on the insights of philosophers, poets, historians, anthropologists, social theorists, and theologians, Launderville shows how kings increased their status the more they demonstrated through their speech and actions that they ruled on behalf of God or the gods. Launderville's work also sheds light on a number of perennial questions about ancient political life. How could the people call the king to account? Did the people forfeit too much of their freedom and initiative by giving obedience to a king who symbolized their unity as a community? How did the religious traditions serve as a check on the king's power and keep alive the voice of the people? This study in comparative political theology elucidates these engaging concerns from multiple perspectives, making Piety and Politics of interest to readers in fields ranging from biblical studies and theology to ancient history and political science.

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Homeric Epic and Its Reception

Author: Seth L. Schein
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2016
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 0199589410
Rating: 4.9/5 (1 downloads)

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This book explores the history of literary interpretation of the 'Iliad', the 'Odyssey', and the 'Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite', comprising twelve chapters, some previously published but extensively revised for this collection, and some appearing here in print for the first time. While some chapters closely study the diction, meter, style, and thematic resonance of particular passages and episodes in the Iliad and the Odyssey, others follow diverse pathways into the interpretation of the epics, including mythological allusion, intertextuality, the metrics of the Homeric hexameter, and the fundamental contrast between divinity and humanity. Also included are two chapters which focus on the work of Milman Parry and Ioannis Kakridis, founders of the two most fruitful twentieth-century scholarly approaches to Homeric scholarship: the study of the Iliad and the Odyssey as traditional oral formulaic poetry (Parry), and the study of the poems' adaptations and transformations of traditional mythology, folktales, and poetic motifs in accordance with their distinctive themes and poetic purposes (Kakridis). The volume draws to a close with three chapters which discuss some of the most compelling poetic and critical receptions of the Iliad and the Odyssey since the late nineteenth century, and the institutional reception of the epics in colleges and universities in the United States over the past two centuries. Written over a period of 45 years, this collection reflects author Seth L. Schein's long-standing interest in, and scholarly and critical approaches to, the literary interpretation of Homeric poetry.

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Author: Harold Bloom
Publsiher: Infobase Publishing
Total Pages: 89
Release: 2009
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 1438115717
Rating: 4.5/5 (17 downloads)

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Provides insight into two of Homer's epic poems along with a short history of the man and his life.

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Undersea Quest

Author: Jack Williamson
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 154
Release: 2015-04-30
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0575111763
Rating: 4.1/5 (63 downloads)

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A missing relative... Something of value was buried beneath the underwater dome city of Marinia...something that had already cost one man's life, caused another man's kidnapping and gravely affected still another man's future. Expelled from the Sub-Sea Academy on trumped-up charges, Jim Eden wasn't about to wait around to prove his innocence. As soon as he leaned that his uncle mysteriously disappeared while mining uranium at the bottom of hazardous Eden Deep, Jim knew what he had to do...and that he had to do it fast. So he headed for the vast dome city - location of the great mining colony at the bottom of the sea - to pick up any clues to his uncle's disappearance. But once he had entered the undersea metropolis, the wrong people had his number...and they were determined that Jim would sink forever without a trace.

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Redesigning Achilles

Author: Sophia Papaioannou
Publsiher: Walter de Gruyter
Total Pages: 316
Release: 2007-01-01
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 3110204304
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The book is a detailed study on the structure and the topics of Ovid’s compedium of the Trojan Saga in Metamorphoses 12.1-13.622, the section also referred to as the “Little Iliad”. It explores the motives and the objectives behind the selected narrative moments from the Epic Cycle that found their way into the Ovidian version of the Trojan War. By thoroughly mastering and inspiringly refashioning a vast amount of literary material, Ovid generates a systematic reconstruction of the archetypal hero, Achilles. Thus, he projects himself as a worthy successor of Homer in the epic tradition, a master epicist, and a par to his great Latin predecessor, Vergil.

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Becoming Achilles

Author: Richard Kerr Holway
Publsiher: Lexington Books
Total Pages: 270
Release: 2011-12-16
Genre: Philosophy
ISBN: 0739146920
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Viewing the Iliad and myth through the lens of modern psychology, Richard Holway exposes sacrificial childrearing practices at the root of competitive, glory-seeking ancient Greek cultures. The Iliad dramatizes and cathartically purges not only strife within and between generations but knowledge of sacrificial parenting. Holway's analysis yields a new reading of the Iliad, from its first word to its last, and a revised account of the family dynamics underlying ancient Greek cultures.

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The Mortal Hero

Author: Seth L. Schein
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 240
Release: 1984
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9780520056268
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From the Preface:This book is addressed mainly to non-specialist readers who do not know Greek and who read, study, or teach the Iliad in translation; it also is meant for classical scholars whose professional specialization has prevented them from keeping abreast of recent work on Homer. It is grounded in technical scholarship, to which it constantly referes and is intended to contribute, and I hope that even Homeric specialists will find ideas and interpretations to interest them. I have tried to present clearly what seem to me the most valuable results of modern research and criticism of the Iliad while setting forth my own views. My goal has been to interpret the poem as much as possible on its own mythological, religious, ethical, and artistic terms. The topics and problems I focus on are those that have arisen most often and most insistently when I have thought the poem, in translation and in the original, as I have done every year since 1968. This book is a literary study of the Iliad. I have not discussed historical, archaeologoical, or even linguistic questions except where they are directly relevant to literary interpretation. Throughout I have emphasized what is thematically, ethically, and artistically distinctive in the Iliad in contrast to the conventions of the poetic tradition of which it is an end product.

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Heroes and Heroines of Greece and Rome

Author: Brian Kinsey
Publsiher: Cavendish Square Publishing, LLC
Total Pages: 321
Release: 2012-01-15
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN: 0761499814
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Explores well-known heroic figures as well as the demigods, nymphs, sorceresses, and other creatures that inhabited the mortal world and figured prominently in the myths of the heroes and heroines of Greece and Rome.

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The Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome

Author: E. M. Berens
Publsiher: BoD – Books on Demand
Total Pages: 334
Release: 2013
ISBN: 3955800008
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Collection of ancient myths and legends. Contains chapters on the various deities, Roman and Greek festivals and forms of worship. Originally published in 1894.