Somewhere I Have Never Travelled: The Heros Journey

Paperback | June 1, 1995

byThomas Van Nortwick

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The ancient hero's quest for glory offers metaphors for our own struggles to reach personal integrity and wholeness. In this compelling book, Van Nortwick traces the heroic journeys in three seminal works of ancient epic poetry, The Epic of Gilgamesh, Homer's Iliad, and Virgil's Aeneid. Inparticular, he focuses on the relationship of the hero to one or more second selves, or alter egos, showing how the poems address central truths about the cost of heroic self-assertion: that the pursuit of glory can lead to alienation from one's own deepest self, and that spiritual wholeness canonly be achieved by confronting what appears, at first, to be the very negation of that self. With his unique combination of literary, psychological, and spiritual insights, Van Nortwick demonstrates the relevance of ancient literature to enduring human problems and to contemporary issues. Somewhere I Have never Travelled will interest anyone who wishes to explore the roots of human behavior and the relationship between life and art.

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The ancient hero's quest for glory offers metaphors for our own struggles to reach personal integrity and wholeness. In this compelling book, Van Nortwick traces the heroic journeys in three seminal works of ancient epic poetry, The Epic of Gilgamesh, Homer's Iliad, and Virgil's Aeneid. Inparticular, he focuses on the relationship of t...

Thomas Van Nortwick is at Oberlin College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.25 × 6.14 × 0.67 inPublished:June 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195101278

ISBN - 13:9780195101270

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"If we want a sympathetic, humane, and correct view of Achilles and the repellent Agamemnon, as well as the typically brutal Apollo, this is the book of choice."--Professor J.C. Hogan, Allegheny College