Greek Heroes in and out of Hades

Greek Heroes in and out of Hades

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Greek Heroes in and out of Hades is a study on heroism and mortality from Homer to Plato. Through systematic readings of a wide range of ancient Greek texts, Stamatia Dova offers innovative hermeneutic approaches to heroic character and a comprehensive overview of the theme of descent to the underworld in the Iliad and the Odyssey, Bacchylides 5, Plato's Symposium, and Euripides' Alcestis.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 242 pages
  • 161 x 234 x 15mm | 413g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1 Halftones, black and white
  • 073919285X
  • 9780739192856
  • 1,692,367

Table of contents

Part I: Odysseus and the Poetics of katabasis
Odysseus among the Shades
What a Pity he is not a Hero!
Agamemnon's katapontismos
An Epic Encore on the Problematik of kleos
Who is a???tat?? in the Odyssey
On Ruling over the Dead and Other Impossibilities
Rethinking makarismos in and out of Hades
Aias and the End of kleos
Living Once and Dying Twice: Circe as an Agent of nostos
On Death, Rebirth, and a Mother in Hades
Part II: Hades (and Heroism) Revisited
A Terror to Behold: Heracles in the Nekyia
Heracles Between Life and Death
Variations on a Duel Theme: Bacchylides 5 and Iliad 6
On Wrath and the Mother
On Wrath and the Goddess
How to Praise a Tyrant
An Example Gone Awry
Looking for Death in the Right Places
On Foreknowledge of Death and its Blessings
On charis, apate, and Other Necessities
Keeping Achilles Alive: Tenes and the Liminality of Tenedos
Part III: Achilles, Alcestis, and the Poetics of non-katabasis
On Ruling over the Dead in Plato's Republic
Achilles in Plato's Symposium
Phaedrus and the Heroization of Alcestis
On Love, Glory, and Love of Glory
Looking for Love in the Wrong Places
Admetus and the Poetics of philopsychia
To Love is to Die for
Alcestis' Virtual katabasis
Heracles and the Deconstruction of Alcestis' Death
Selected Bibliography
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A thought-provoking and timely work on an important but, in a number of cases, underexplored topic. This engaging book, written with commendable sensitivity, markedly contributes to our understanding of the intricate and elusive concept of the hero in archaic and classical Greece. I have nothing but praise for Dova's achievement. -- Dimitrios Yatromanolakis, The Johns Hopkins University Dova's book on the poetics of katabasis is exemplary in its demonstration of Homer's sophisticated engagement with previous and contemporary poetic traditions. It also shows with great originality and detail that Homeric and alternative epic paths can be developed and combined in other genres such as lyric poetry or tragedy. The heroic journey to Hades was a topic in which ancient poets made their best to portray their particular visions of man and cosmos, and this book is a fascinating exploration of some of their finest achievements. -- Miguel Herrero de Jauregui, Universidad Completense de Madrid Stamatia Dova is an expert guide into the poetic and ritual depths beneath Greek concepts of heroic death, eternal glory, and the life well lived. In a series of meticulous and sensitive close readings of many key texts, large and small -from Orphic tablets to Homeric epic, lyric poetry, and Athenian tragedy- she traces the central importance of descent to the underworld and its varied interconnections with major concerns like love and self-love, the inescapable facts of suffering and the discovery of transcendent values. Her path-breaking analysis of the speech-genre of makarismos anchors a wide-ranging study of what it means to be called 'blessed' in an ancient Hellenic context. Anyone interested in the roots of Western approaches to the problems of living will find this book absolutely illuminating. -- Richard Martin, Anthony and Isabelle Raubitschek Professor in Classics, Stanford University Dova (Hellenic College and Center for Hellenic Studies) considers key aspects of the ancient Greek hero in relation to his mortality, primarily by reference to the type-scene of the katabasis. Her study centers on Odysseus, Heracles, and Achilles, across the genres of epic, lyric, tragedy, and Platonic dialogue, and takes as its starting point Odysseus's confrontations with Achilles and Heracles in the underworld in Odyssey 11. A series of brief, closely focused discussions sets these heroes in relation to Agamemnon, Meleager (in Bacchylides 5), and Alcestis (in Euripides's drama of the same name), and combine to articulate a cumulative argument that distinguishes between Odysseus's success in tampering with the limits of mortality (in the Odyssey), Heracles's attainment of an Olympian alternative to mortality (in Bacchylides), and Achilles's acceptance of his mortality (in the Iliad). Dova is at her most interesting in the final chapter, where she trains her attention, and philological methods honed in reading Homer, on Euripides's Alcestis and Plato's Symposium to discern a dialogue between genders and genres that sheds light on the epic heroes precisely through inversion of the heroic model. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty. * CHOICE * The subject of Doc's book is the katabasis in Greek poetry, through the theme serves as a point of entry for a wide range of topics on the characterization of heroes. The book's structure is very open. * The Classical Journal * In Greek Heroes in and out of Hades, Stamatia Dova offers the lover of Greek poetry and philosophy a lavish feast of epic, lyric, and tragic poetic fare. ... One of the highlights of the book is Dova's complex recasting of the hero Odysseus from his traditional framing. ... Dova's Greek Heroes in and out of Hades is a rich work that will satisfy many a classical scholar's palette. . . . [P]hilosophers and classicists. . . are in for a rare treat. * Nordicum-Mediterraneum *
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About Stamatia G. Dova

Stamatia Dova is associate professor of classics and modern Greek studies at Hellenic College, and associate in Hellenic literature and language at the Center for Hellenic Studies.
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