Greek Heroes in and out of Hades is a study on heroism and mortality from Homer to Plato. In a collection of thirty enjoyable essays, Stamatia Dova combines intertextual research and thought-provoking analysis to shed new light on concepts of the hero in the Iliad and the Odyssey, Bacchylides 5, Plato's Symposium, and Euripides' Alcestis. Through systematic readings of a wide range of seemingly unrelated texts, the author offers a cohesive picture of heroic character in a variety of literary genres. Her characterization of Achilles, Odysseus, and Heracles is artfully supported by a comprehensive overview of the theme of descent to the underworld in Homer, Bacchylides, and Euripides. Aimed at the specialist as well as the general reader, Greek Heroes in and out of Hades brings innovative Classical scholarship and insightful literary criticism to a wide audience.
Foreword Preface Part I: Odysseus and the Poetics of katabasis Odysseus among the Shades What a Pity he is not a Hero! Agamemnon's katapontismos An Epic Encore on the Problematik of kleos Who is a???tat?? in the Odyssey On Ruling over the Dead and Other Impossibilities Rethinking makarismos in and out of Hades Aias and the End of kleos Living Once and Dying Twice: Circe as an Agent of nostos On Death, Rebirth, and a Mother in Hades Part II: Hades (and Heroism) Revisited A Terror to Behold: Heracles in the Nekyia Heracles Between Life and Death Variations on a Duel Theme: Bacchylides 5 and Iliad 6 On Wrath and the Mother On Wrath and the Goddess How to Praise a Tyrant An Example Gone Awry Looking for Death in the Right Places On Foreknowledge of Death and its Blessings On charis, apate, and Other Necessities Keeping Achilles Alive: Tenes and the Liminality of Tenedos Part III: Achilles, Alcestis, and the Poetics of non-katabasis On Ruling over the Dead in Plato's Republic Achilles in Plato's Symposium Phaedrus and the Heroization of Alcestis On Love, Glory, and Love of Glory Looking for Love in the Wrong Places Admetus and the Poetics of philopsychia To Love is to Die for Alcestis' Virtual katabasis Heracles and the Deconstruction of Alcestis' Death Selected Bibliography