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    DescriptionThe ancient Greeks' concept of "the hero" was very different from what we understand by the term today, Gregory Nagy argues--and it is only through analyzing their historical contexts that we can truly understand Achilles, Odysseus, Oedipus, and Herakles. In Greek tradition, a hero was a human, male or female, of the remote past, who was endowed with superhuman abilities by virtue of being descended from an immortal god. Despite their mortality, heroes, like the gods, were objects of cult worship. Nagy examines this distinctively religious notion of the hero in its many dimensions, in texts spanning the eighth to fourth centuries bce: the Homeric Iliad and Odyssey; tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides; songs of Sappho and Pindar; and dialogues of Plato. All works are presented in English translation, with attention to the subtleties of the original Greek, and are often further illuminated by illustrations taken from Athenian vase paintings. The fifth-century bce historian Herodotus said that to read Homer is to be a civilized person. In twenty-four installments, based on the Harvard University course Nagy has taught and refined since the late 1970s, The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours offers an exploration of civilization's roots in the Homeric epics and other Classical literature, a lineage that continues to challenge and inspire us today.

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    The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gregory Nagy
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 532
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 51 mm
    Weight: 1,293 g
    ISBN 13: 9780674073401
    ISBN 10: 0674073401

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    BISAC V2.8: REL114000
    DC22: 880.9352
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    LC classification: PA3015.H43 N338 2013
    Illustrations note
    5 halftones, 20 line illustrations
    Imprint name
    The Belknap Press
    Publication date
    15 July 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass.
    Author Information
    Gregory Nagy is Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University and Director of Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C.
    Review quote
    This volume is a summation of the insights of a scholar who has devoted his life to these materials, and who has a deep, learned, and personal vision of the ancient Greek psyche, its values, and its manifestations in song and prose. The result is a stimulating tour of ancient Greek literature.--P. Nieto"Choice" (02/01/2014)