Homeras Iliad is often considered a poem of blunt truthfulness, his charactersa motivation pleasingly simple. A closer look, however, reveals a complex interplay of characters who engage in an awful lot of lies. Beginning with Achilles, who hatches a secret plot to destroy his own people, Mark Buchan traces motifs of deception and betrayal throughout the poem. Homeras heroes offer bluster, their passion linked to and explained by their lack of authenticity. Buchan reads Homeras characters between the lies, showing how the plot is structured individual denial and what cannot be said.... we are invited to see this as a ruse, an attempt to gain more prestige within a historically specific game of gift exchange. ... But do not both these versions of Achilles miss the obvious: that the poem hangs on, and is obsessed with, theanbsp;...
|Title||:||Perfidy and Passion|
|Publisher||:||University of Wisconsin Pres - 2012-08-06|