The Theme of Returning Home in Ancient Greek Literature (inbunden)
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Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Liapis, Vayos (foreword)
228 x 158 x 19 mm
430 g
The Theme of Returning Home in Ancient Greek Literature (inbunden)

The Theme of Returning Home in Ancient Greek Literature

The Nostos of the Epic Heroes

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This book is about nostos, the return home of a hero. Although the importance of this topic has long been recognized by scholars, this is the first full length book on nostos both across a range of tragedies and in the light of the diverse cultural background of the motif. It shows how the elements of Homer's narrative were to be developed by later Greek poets, and particularly the fifth-century tragedians and the Hellenistic poets.
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"[The author] has taken it upon herself to provide a first attempt at a typology [of nostos-narratives], and has proceeded with commendable industry, verve, and enthusiasm." - Prof. Vayos Liapis Universite de Montreal "A central, and fascinating, theme of [this] work is that the return home is never a return to the same world as that from which the hero departed. Dr. Alexopoulou has the great advantage of being qualified to write about modern, as well as classical, Greek poetry... she traces the tradition established by Homer right down to the poetry of Seferis and other twentieth-century Greek poets." - Prof. Alexander F. Garvie University of Glasgow"

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Foreword by Professor Vayos Liapis; 1. Introduction; Nostos: a popular theme; Nostos and war; The seafaring experience; Wandering for philosophical, religious (theoria) or touristic ends; Colonization, exile and ostracism; 2. Nostos in Homer; Nostos as a story pattern; The effects of absence; Wandering (themes of bath, clothes and food mark Odysseus' transition); Return, disguise and deceptive stories; 3. Nostos in Tragedy; Typical roles with their typical themes; Nostos and athletic imagery; Nostos and recognition; Secret nostoi (deceit and/or revenge); Nostos and tragic plot; The idealistic nature of the nostos-drama; 4. Nostos in Hellenistic poetry; General on Hellenistic poetry; Nostos in Apollonius' Argonautica; Departure - voyage to Colchis; Hellenistic epigram; 5. Epilogue; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.