Ransom, Revenge, And Heroic Identity In The Iliad by Donna F. WilsonRansom, Revenge, And Heroic Identity In The Iliad by Donna F. Wilson

Ransom, Revenge, And Heroic Identity In The Iliad

byDonna F. Wilson

Paperback | February 12, 2007

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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.
Title:Ransom, Revenge, And Heroic Identity In The IliadFormat:PaperbackDimensions:252 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:February 12, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521032784

ISBN - 13:9780521032780


Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgements; Introduction: compensation and heroic identity; 1. Ransom and revenge: poetics and politics of compensation; 2. Agamemnon and Chryses: between king and father; 3. The quarrel: men who would be king; 4. The embassy to Achilleus: in the name of the father; 5. Achilleus and Priam: between king and father; 6. Unlimited poine: poetry as practice; Appendices; Notes; Abbreviations; References; Index of Homeric passages; General index.

Editorial Reviews

"A book all Homerists will have to know and that makes an abiding contribution to the understanding of the poems. Even those who disagree with the use it makes of its own discovery will be grateful for the help it provides in their own thinking." Classical Bulletin