The Tears of Achilles (Paperback)

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By Helene Monsacre, Nicholas J. Snead (Translator), Richard P. Martin (Introduction by)
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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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780674975682
ISBN-10: 0674975685
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication Date: January 29th, 2018
Pages: 198
Language: English
Series: Hellenic Studies
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