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The Resource Becoming Achilles : child-sacrifice, war, and misrule in the Iliad and beyond, Richard Holway

Becoming Achilles : child-sacrifice, war, and misrule in the Iliad and beyond, Richard Holway

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Becoming Achilles : child-sacrifice, war, and misrule in the Iliad and beyond
Title
Becoming Achilles
Title remainder
child-sacrifice, war, and misrule in the Iliad and beyond
Statement of responsibility
Richard Holway
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Viewing the Iliad and myth through the lens of modern psychology, in Becoming Achilles: Child-Sacrifice, War, and Misrule in the lliad and Beyond Richard Holway shows how the epic underwrites individual and communal catharsis and denial.Sacrificial childrearing generates but also threatens agonistic, glory-seeking ancient Greek cultures. Not only aggression but knowledge of sacrificial parenting must be purged. Just as Zeus contrives to have threats to his regime play out harmlessly (to him) in the mortal realm, so the Iliad dramatizes threats to Archaic and later Greek cultures in the safe arena of poetic performance. The epic represents in displaced form destructive mother-son and father-daughter liaisons and resulting strifewithin and between generations. Holway calls into question the Iliad's (and many scholars') presentation of Achilles as a hero who speaks truth to power, learns through suffering, and exemplifies kingly virtues that Agamemnon lacks. So too the Iliad's cathartic process, whether conceived as purging innate aggression or arriving at moral clarity. Instead, Holway argues, Achilles (and Socrates) try to prove they are unlike needy, defenseless children, who fear to acknowledge, much less speak out against, parents' use of them to meet parents' needs. What emerges from Holway's analysis is not only a new reading of the Iliad, from its first word to its last, but a revised account of the family dynamics underlying ancient Greek cultures"--Provided by publisher
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1945-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Holway, Richard
Dewey number
883/.01
Index
index present
LC call number
PA4037
LC item number
.H7725 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Greek studies: interdisciplinary approaches
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Homer
  • Psychology in literature
  • Families
  • Epic poetry, Greek
Label
Becoming Achilles : child-sacrifice, war, and misrule in the Iliad and beyond, Richard Holway
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The quarrel -- Heroic psychology -- Mythobiographies -- Catharsis and denial -- Fathers and sons -- Mothers and sons -- Departures from maternal agendas -- Self in crisis -- Epilogue: Achilles and Socrates
Control code
ocn727709877
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xiv, 255 pages
Isbn
9780739146903
Lccn
2011028638
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)727709877
Label
Becoming Achilles : child-sacrifice, war, and misrule in the Iliad and beyond, Richard Holway
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The quarrel -- Heroic psychology -- Mythobiographies -- Catharsis and denial -- Fathers and sons -- Mothers and sons -- Departures from maternal agendas -- Self in crisis -- Epilogue: Achilles and Socrates
Control code
ocn727709877
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xiv, 255 pages
Isbn
9780739146903
Lccn
2011028638
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)727709877

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