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The "Iliad" as Politics: The Performance of Political Thought

The "Iliad" as Politics: The Performance of Political Thought

Hardback Oklahoma Series in Classical Culture

By (author) Dean Hammer

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  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Format: Hardback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 225mm x 28mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2002
  • Publication City/Country: Oklahoma
  • ISBN 10: 080613366X
  • ISBN 13: 9780806133669
  • Sales rank: 1,630,882

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Wily Odysseus. Bold Achilles. Brave Hektor. Beautiful Helen of Troy. For centuries, people around the world have been fascinated by these figures and their tragic war as recounted in Homer's "Iliad, "long admired and studied as one of the foremost epic poems of the ancient world. In "The Iliad as Politics, " Dean Hammer revisits this epic with a new perspective.In this first full-length treatment of the "Iliad "as a work of political thought, Hammer demonstrates how Homer's epic is also an ancient Greek discussion on political ethics. Hammer redefines political thought as the activity of addressing issues of collective identity and organization. Using this understanding of politics, he discusses how the characters in the "Iliad, "through their larger-than-life actions and interactions, embody community issues of authority, conflict, judgment, and the interrelationship between personal and collective identity. The characters' many quarrels, laments, reconciliations, and vows of loyalty and friendship all critically model the principles and controversies of underlying Greek political ethics of communal responsibility and relationship.Much of modern Western political thought focuses on classical Greek discussions of political philosophy. Hammer demonstrates that the "Iliad "constitutes another such ancient Greek political discussion.

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