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The Resource The anger of Achilles : mēnis in Greek epic, Leonard Muellner

The anger of Achilles : mēnis in Greek epic, Leonard Muellner

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The anger of Achilles : mēnis in Greek epic
Title
The anger of Achilles
Title remainder
mēnis in Greek epic
Statement of responsibility
Leonard Muellner
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Leonard Muellner's goal is to restore the Greek word for the anger of Achilles, menis, to its social, mythical, and poetic contexts. His point of departure is the anthropology of emotions. He believes that notions of anger vary between cultures and that the particular meaning of a word such as menis needs to emerge from a close study of Greek epic. Menis means more than an individual's emotional response. On the basis of the epic exemplifications of the word, Muellner defines the term as a cosmic sanction against behavior that violates the most basic rules of human society. Virtually absent from the Odyssey, the term menis appears in the Iliad in conjunction with the enforcement of social rules, especially the rules of reciprocal exchange. To understand the way menis functions, Muellner invokes the concept of tabu developed by Mary Douglas, stressing both the power and the danger that accrue to a person who violates such rules. Transgressive behavior has both a creative and a destructive aspect. Muellner draws on the method of mythical analysis developed by Pierre-Yves Jacopin. He applies the restructured definition of menis to the anger of Achilles in the narrative of the Iliad, tracing the moral issues that motivate cosmic anger and, finally, exploring the transformation of menis into the social term that is explicitly named as its opposite: philotes, or friendship
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Muellner, Leonard Charles
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Myth and poetics
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Epic poetry, Greek
  • Anger in literature
  • Achilles (Greek mythology) in literature
  • Mēnis (The Greek word)
  • Achilles
  • Hesiod
  • Homer
  • Hésiode
  • Homère
  • Hesiod
  • Homer
Label
The anger of Achilles : mēnis in Greek epic, Leonard Muellner
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Foreword / Gregory Nagy -- Introduction: Approaching Anger -- 1. Menis and Cosmic Status in the Hierarchy of Peers -- 2. Menis and the Social Order -- 3. The Narrative Sequence of the Hesiodic Theogony -- 4. The Menis of Achilles and the First book of the Iliad -- 5. The Menis of Achilles and Its Iliadic Teleology -- Appendix. The Etymology of Menis
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
ix, 219 p
Isbn
9780801432309
Lccn
96004361
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
The anger of Achilles : mēnis in Greek epic, Leonard Muellner
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Foreword / Gregory Nagy -- Introduction: Approaching Anger -- 1. Menis and Cosmic Status in the Hierarchy of Peers -- 2. Menis and the Social Order -- 3. The Narrative Sequence of the Hesiodic Theogony -- 4. The Menis of Achilles and the First book of the Iliad -- 5. The Menis of Achilles and Its Iliadic Teleology -- Appendix. The Etymology of Menis
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
ix, 219 p
Isbn
9780801432309
Lccn
96004361
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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