From Melos to My Lai: A Study in Violence, Culture and Social Survival

From Melos to My Lai: A Study in Violence, Culture and Social Survival


By (author) Lawrence A. Tritle

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Hardback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 242mm x 17mm | 547g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2000
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415171601
  • ISBN 13: 9780415171601
  • Illustrations note: 17ill.

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From Melos to My Lai presents an erudite, provocative and moving analysis of the accounts of violence in the literature and history of ancient Greece and in the film literature and veterans' accounts of the Vietnam War. This comparative investigation examines the nature of violence, its impact on society and culture, especially as reflected from the perspective of the survivors. The survivors include not only actual combatants, but those with whom they interact: their comrades, their wives and children, families and society as a whole. From Melos to My Lai provides a unique contribution to the study of the impact of violence on its participants and its audience which combines an examination of the artistic representations of violence and the real-life accounts of those involved in it.

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Review quote

"This narrative of how an intelligent and reflective person can articulate so violent and disturbing an experience, and consider its meaning, is is finely expressed...has many layers of interest for those who think about continuing Classical Tradition.." -"International Journal of the Classical Tradition, Summer 2002 ..."very fascinating perspectives." -Choice "This is a tough, uncompromising, and provocative study. Recommended for public and academic libraries." -"Library Journal, July 2000

Table of contents

1. A Twentieth Century American Odyssey 2. Listening to Theristes 3. Achilles and the Heroic Ideal 4. Clearchus' Story: The Heroic Ideal Transformed 5. Penelope and Waiting Wives and Lovers 6. War, Violence, and the 'Other' 7. The Historiography and Language of Violence 8. Rhetoric, Remembrance and Memory 9. The Visibly Dead: Monuments and Their Meaning 10. The Unanchored Dead: Mental Cases and Walking Wounded