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The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours

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The ancient Greeks concept of the 'hero' was very different from what we understand by the term today, Gregory Nagy argues and it is only through analyzing their historical contexts that we can truly understand Achilles, Odysseus, Oedipus, and Herakles.

In Greek tradition, a hero was a human, male or female, of the remote past, who was endowed with superhuman abilities by v
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Hardcover, 727 pages
Published July 15th 2013 by Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard University Press (first published February 25th 2013)
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Susanne
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I almost made the mistake of getting too caught up In the forward and intro material and getting bored before I got into the heart of the book.

By the end of it, I felt as if my humble library card had treated me to a classics course at a world class university. It's a little nerdy and might lose the interest of some but I found it fascinating and approachable. Like a feast prepared for a hungry man, my enjoyment may have been colored by circumstance. This was the only book I had through power ou
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Jimmy
Aug 23, 2016 marked it as to-read-other
I'm taking this course The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours on EdX now, taught by Gregory Nagy. It's free and online, and looks really good! Why don't y'all join me? Then we can discuss the texts together. It just started (August 15) so if you join soon you won't be missing a thing.

This book is the text to that class, and is also included (free) as an eBook download. I probably won't read (or review) all of it, but pick and choose.
You'll read Iliad and The Odyssey.
... seven tragedies.
... two Plat
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Russell
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A very in-depth treatment, yet pitched at an introductory level, of the idea of the hero in ancient Greek literature (Homer, Herodotus, tragedy, Plato etc.). Works on the basis of close reading of selected short texts, and works extremely well. Has been tremendously insightful and revelatory for me, and as a theme a great way into reading more closely some of the key texts of the Greeks.
Tim Smith
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I like this book. I like it a lot.
It's all here.
Kjn
Sep 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
It takes its time to finish this but I must say it is worth it. A very interesting insight in ancient Greek culture.
Signor Mambrino
Sep 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
Too academic for me. I'm going to stick with the sources.
Statler Waldorf
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
The book is really good to understand a lot of myths and ideas of the ancient Greek. There is a free online version of it
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