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The Tears of Achilles

Hélène Monsacré ; translated by Nicholas J. Snead
Format
Book
Published
Washington, D.C. : Center for Hellenic Studies, Trustees for Harvard University, 2017.
Language
Translated from the French
Uniform Title
Larmes d'Achille English
Series
Hellenic Studies Series
Hellenic Studies
ISBN
9780674975682, 0674975685
Summary
Warrior, hero, super-male--Achilles, by the protocols of Western culture, should never cry. And yet Homeric epic if full of his tears and those of his companions at Troy. This path-blazing study by Hélène Monsacré 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. In a rich series of lucid and detailed close readings, pursuing the paradox of the tearful fighter, Monsacré examines all aspects of the interactions between men and women in the Homeric poems. Her illuminating analysis, first published in French three decades ago, remains bold, fresh, and compelling for anyone touched--like Achilles--by a world of grief--back cover.
Description
xxix, 167 pages ; 23 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 137-146) and indexes.
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