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Achilles and Hector: The Homeric Hero

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Seth Benardete's study of the Iliad, which initiated his scholarly career, bears the hallmarks of the unique turn of mind that characterized all his later work. In a brief Note written thirty years later, included in this volume, he looks back on what he sees as the limits of his original reading of the Iliad. Yet he seems to have been aware of the fundamental problems fro ...more
Paperback, 140 pages
Published July 20th 2005 by St. Augustine's Press (first published July 27th 2004)
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Bertport
Oct 18, 2014 Bertport rated it really liked it
Benardete gives us a close reading, grounded in the Greek itself, to the point that he draws conclusions from counts of specific words in various contexts. He also has much of The Odyssey, Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, etc. at hand when the occasion calls for it.

In the introduction, Benardete discusses the general role of Homer's epithets, which I always thought of as formulaic metric and/or mnemonic fillers. He says that these epithets contribute essential meaning and theme to the epic. Then
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The deep admiration and love I hold towards this work is scarcely describable. It will forever remain my favourite work of Classical scholarship ever written.
Liam
Jan 17, 2011 Liam rated it it was amazing
War fought for personal revenge by Menelaus, then for fame by all heroes, then for personal revenge by Achilles, who rejoins the world of heroes in visit of Priam. The first part discusses how similes and formula fit into the themes and patterns. If we understand the epithets then we understand the plot.
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