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    DescriptionExploring models for masculinity as they appear in major works of Greek literature, this book combines literary, historical, and psychological insights to examine how the ancient Greeks understood the meaning of a man's life. The thoughts and actions of Achilles, Odysseus, Oedipus, and other enduring characters from Greek literature reflect the imperatives that the ancient Greeks saw as governing a man's life as he moved from childhood to adult maturity to old age. Because the Greeks believed that men (as opposed to women) were by nature the proper agents of human civilization within the larger order of the universe, examining how the Greeks thought that a man ought to live his life prompts exploration of the place of human life in a world governed by transcendent forces, nature, fate, and the gods. While focusing on the experience of men in ancient Greece, the discussion also offers an analysis of the society in which they lived, addressing questions still vital in our own time, such as how the members of a society should govern themselves, distribute resources, form relationships with others, weigh the needs of the individual against the larger good of the community, and establish right relations with divine forces beyond their knowledge or control. Suggestions for further reading offer the reader the chance to explore the ideas in the book.

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    Imagining Men
    Ideals of Masculinity in Ancient Greek Culture
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Thomas Van Nortwick
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 192
    Width: 158 mm
    Height: 238 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 499 g
    ISBN 13: 9780275988128
    ISBN 10: 0275988120

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    Libri: I-HP
    BIC subject category V2: JFSJ2
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17400
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    Ingram Theme: CULT/GREECE
    BISAC V2.8: SOC005000
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/MASC
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 37
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 52
    B&T Approval Code: A33800000
    BISAC V2.8: SOC018000, HIS002010
    B&T Approval Code: A20204025
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAG
    DC22: 305.310938
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS054000
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    LC classification: DF93 .V36 2008
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: NHTB, NHC, JBSF2
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBAG
    Imprint name
    Praeger Publishers Inc
    Publication date
    30 August 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Thomas Van Nortwick is Nathan A. Greenberg Professor of Classics at Oberlin College, where he has taught since 1974. He holds a B.A. in History and a Ph.D. in Classics from Stanford University and an M.A. in Classics from Yale University.
    Review quote
    "Van Nortwick's conclusions are thoughtful and well argued... [S]pecialists will appreciate Van Nortwick's insightful literary analysis. The book includes plot summaries (even of well-known works), and all Greek is translated... Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty; general readers." - Choice