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The Tears of Achilles

The Tears of Achilles

Hélène Monsacré Nicholas J. Snead Richard P. Martin
3.7/5 (11 ratings)
Achilles--warrior and hero--by the protocols of Western culture, should never cry. And yet Homeric epic is full of his tears and those of his companions at Troy. This path-blazing study by Helene Monsacre shows how later ideals of stoically inexpressive manhood run contrary to the poetic vision presented in the Iliad and Odyssey. The epic protagonists, as larger-than-life figures who transcend gender categories, are precisely the men most likely to weep.

Monsacre pursues the paradox of the tearful fighter through a series of lucid and detailed close readings, and examines all aspects of the interactions between men and women in the Homeric poems. Her illuminating analysis, first published in French in 1984, remains bold, fresh, and compelling for anyone touched--like Achilles--by a world of grief.
Language
English
Pages
198
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Harvard University Press
Release
January 15, 2018
ISBN
0674975685
ISBN 13
9780674975682

The Tears of Achilles

Hélène Monsacré Nicholas J. Snead Richard P. Martin
3.7/5 (11 ratings)
Achilles--warrior and hero--by the protocols of Western culture, should never cry. And yet Homeric epic is full of his tears and those of his companions at Troy. This path-blazing study by Helene Monsacre shows how later ideals of stoically inexpressive manhood run contrary to the poetic vision presented in the Iliad and Odyssey. The epic protagonists, as larger-than-life figures who transcend gender categories, are precisely the men most likely to weep.

Monsacre pursues the paradox of the tearful fighter through a series of lucid and detailed close readings, and examines all aspects of the interactions between men and women in the Homeric poems. Her illuminating analysis, first published in French in 1984, remains bold, fresh, and compelling for anyone touched--like Achilles--by a world of grief.
Language
English
Pages
198
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Harvard University Press
Release
January 15, 2018
ISBN
0674975685
ISBN 13
9780674975682

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