Perfidy and Passion

Perfidy and Passion

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Homera€™s 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. Homera€™s heroes offer bluster, their passion linked to and explained by their lack of authenticity. Buchan reads Homera€™s 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
Author:Mark Buchan
Publisher:University of Wisconsin Pres - 2012-08-06


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