Incorporeal Heroes: The Origins of Homeric Images

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The author investigates the origins of the heroes of the Iliad, to establish if they were real historical figures or purely artistic creations. His conclusion is that neither of these ideas is correct: the prototypes of the heroes existed previously in Greek cults. They originated as local cult heroes, protectors of certain spheres of life, in the manner of later Christian saints and had nothing to do with the Trojan War. Via an analysis of the standard formulas within the Iliad, the author investigates the sequence in ...

Incorporeal Heroes: The Origins of Homeric Images 2012, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne

ISBN-13: 9781443841887

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