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Herakles (Emma Stafford) Paperback Book, (Routledge, 2010) 9780415300681


Title: Herakles

Author: Stafford, Emma

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 2010

Paperback; ISBN: 9780415300681

Volumes: 1; Pages: 176

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Over the last thirty years various aspects of Herakles' myth, representations in literature and art, and his cult have been the subject of numerous monographs and articles. This book provides an accessible account, pulling together all the various aspects of past research, highlighting areas of consensus and dissent. The book is suitable for students of Classics and related disciplines, as well as the general reader.

CONTENTS

INTRODUCING HERAKLES

Telling the storySynopsis of the myth

Birth and early years

The Labours

Minor exploits

Events leading up to Herakles' death and apotheosis

God or hero?

Approaching the myth

What's in a name?

Historicism and the search for origins

Allegorical interpretation

Myth and ritual

Structuralism and psychoanalysis

Comparative mythology

Contexts and sources

Summary

KEY THEMES

1. MONSTERS AND The culture hero

The 'strong man' figure and monster-fighting

Near Eastern parallels and influences

The Twelve Labours

Development of the canon

Individual Labours

Other battles

Strong men and transgressors

Strange beasts

Allegorical encounters

Summary

2. Tragedy, comedy and the ideal hero

A contradictory character

The tragic hero

Aeschylus

Sophocles

Euripides

Seneca

The comic hero

Aristophanes' Frogs

Lost comedies, satyr-plays and vase-painting

Roman adaptations

Exploring the inner man

Aristocratic virtue incarnate

Herakles the intellectual

The romantic hero

Summary

3. Political Herakles

Political legitimation

The Dorians and the Return of the Herakleidai

Spartan kings

Tyranny and democracy at Athens

Macedonian kings

Roman emperors

Herakles the founder

Summary

4. Worship of the hero-god

Herakles heros-theos

Rituals and remains

Athens and Attica

The Peloponnese

Central Greece

Kos and Rhodes

Thasos

Sicily

Herakles, Melqart and the Pillars

The Roman cult of Hercules

Summary

HERAKLES AFTERWARDS

5. Post-classical variations

The afterlife of a hero

Herakles the proto-Christ

The medieval knight and 'exemplar virtutis'

Herakles reborn

Tragedy, poetry and allegory

Hercules the movie star

Summary

Genealogical table

Notes

Further Reading

Works Cited

Index

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