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    DescriptionThis book examines the figure of the returning warrior as depicted in the myths of several ancient and medieval Indo-European cultures. In these cultures, the returning warrior was often portrayed as a figure rendered dysfunctionally destructive or isolationist by the horrors of combat. This mythic portrayal of the returned warrior is consistent with modern studies of similar behavior among soldiers returning from war. Roger Woodard's research identifies a common origin of these myths in the ancestral proto-Indo-European culture, in which rites were enacted to enable warriors to reintegrate themselves as functional members of society. He also compares the Italic, Indo-Iranian and Celtic mythic traditions surrounding the warrior, paying particular attention to Roman myth and ritual, notably to the etiologies and rites of the July festivals of the Poplifugia and Nonae Caprotinae and to the October rites of the Sororium Tigillum.


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    Title
    Myth, Ritual, and the Warrior in Roman and Indo-European Antiquity
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Roger D. Woodard
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 301
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 550 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781107022409
    ISBN 10: 1107022401
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: HIS
    B&T Book Type: FI
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.7T
    BIC subject category V2: HRKP2
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    B&T General Subject: 500
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 22
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, LCO003000
    BIC subject category V2: 3D, 1QDAR
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    DC23: 937
    DC22: 930/.04034
    LC classification: P525 .W66 2013
    DC22: 930.04034
    Ingram Theme: INDS/CLASSI
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    28 January 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Author Information
    Roger Woodard is the Andrew van Vranken Raymond Professor of the Classics and Professor of Linguistics at the University of Buffalo, State University of New York. His many published books include The Cambridge Companion to Greek Mythology; Indo-European Sacred Space: Vedic and Roman Cult; Indo-European Myth and Religion: A Manual; Ovid: Fasti (with A. J. Boyle); The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the World's Ancient Languages; Greek Writing from Knossos to Homer: A Linguistic Interpretation of the Origin of the Greek Alphabet and the Continuity of Ancient Greek Literacy; and On Interpreting Morphological Change: The Greek Reflexive Pronoun.
    Review quote
    Advance Praise: "Who dares in this day to advance a comparatist approach? Woodard takes this challenge on with intelligence and dexterity to, examine Roman rituals and Indo-European myths. We are led by the warrior god Indra, and confronted in turn by CuChulainn, Hercules, and Batraz, in a thrilling comparative journey, traced by a master hand." -Claude Calame, Directeur d'etudes ... l'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris "This book is about the 'dysfunctional raging warrior' in Indo-European traditions, especially as reflected in Roman rituals and in the myths linked to these rituals. The author shows a masterful command of the relevant evidence, which requires the most careful and precise analysis of text and language." -Gregory Nagy, Harvard University
    Table of contents
    Preface; 1. People flee; 2. And Romulus disappears; 3. At the shrines of Vulcan; 4. Where space varies; 5. Warriors in crisis; 6. Structures: matrix and continuum; 7. Remote spaces; 8. Erotic women and the (un)averted gaze; 9. Clairvoyant women; 10. Watery spaces; 11. Return to order; 12. Further conclusions and interpretations.