Sanctified violence in Homeric society : oath-making rituals and narratives in the Iliad

By: Kitts, Margo, (, 1952-)
Material type: TextText; Format: print Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005Description: xi, 244 p. ; 24 cmISBN: 0521855292 (hardback)Subject(s): Homero. La Iliada -- Crítica e interpretación | Poesía épica griega -- Historia y crítica | Violencia en la literatura
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Introduction : why another treatment of Greek sacrifice? -- 1. Epics, rituals, and rituals in epic : some methodological considerations -- 2. Premises and principles of oath-making in the Iliad -- 3. Ritual scenes and epic themes of oath-sacrifice -- 4. Homeric battlefield theophanies, in the light of the ancient near east -- App. Homeric texts for the principal oaths discussed

"In Sanctified Violence in Homeric Society, Margo Kitts explores the oath-making rituals and narratives found in the Iliad and articulates a theory of ritualized violence. Analyzing ritual features that are common to acts of religious violence worldwide, she focuses on the paradigms, core metaphors, ritual fictions, and poetic registers of Homeric oath-sacrifices."--BOOK JACKET

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