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    DescriptionDespite widespread interest in the Greek hero as a cult figure, little was written about the relationship between the cult practices and the portrayals of the hero in poetry. The first edition of The Best of the Achaeans bridged that gap, raising new questions about what could be known or conjectured about Greek heroes. In this revised edition, which features a new preface by the author, Gregory Nagy reconsiders his conclusions in the light of the subsequent debate and resumes his discussion of the special status of heroes in ancient Greek life and poetry. His book remains an engaging introduction both to the concept of the hero in Hellenic civilization and to the poetic forms through which the hero is defined: the Iliad and Odyssey in particular and archaic Greek poetry in general.


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    Title
    The Best of the Achaeans
    Subtitle
    Concepts of the Hero in Archaic Greek Poetry
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gregory Nagy
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 420
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 590 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780801860157
    ISBN 10: 0801860156
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    BIC subject category V2: DSC
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LIT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    Libri: I-HP
    BIC subject category V2: DSBB
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AHA
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CULT/GREECE
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25770
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    B&T General Subject: 495
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: LIT014000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, LIT004190
    B&T Approval Code: A24204000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 883.0109
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 883/.0109
    LC classification: PA3015.H43 N34 1999
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 881.0109352
    LC classification: 98022262
    Thema V1.0: DSBB, DSC, NHC
    Edition
    2, Revised
    Edition statement
    2nd Revised edition
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    01 December 1998
    Publication City/Country
    Baltimore, MD
    Author Information
    Gregory Nagy is Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University. His books include Pindar's Homer: The Lyric Possession of an Epic Past, also available from Johns Hopkins.
    Review quote
    This is a learned, clever, and disturbing book... One is left with the uneasy feeling that curtains have parted in the wind, giving glimpses of unsuspected realities behind the apparently simple face of Greek heroic poetry.--M. L. West "Times Literary Supplement "