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Flesh and spirit in the songs of Homer : a study of words and myths

Author: Michael Clarke
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
Series: Oxford classical monographs.
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This text offers an integrated interpretation of Homeric man. The author starts with the working hypothesis that, in this poetry, the human being is not divided into two parts - inner and outer; body  Read more...


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Clarke, Michael (Michael J.).
Flesh and spirit in the songs of Homer.
Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1999
Named Person: Homer; Homer; Homer; Homer; Homère; Homère; Homer.; Homer; Homer
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Clarke
ISBN: 0198152639 9780198152637
OCLC Number: 41355755
Description: xv, 378 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: pt. I. Prologue. 1. Homeric Words and Homeric Ideas. 2. The Categories of Body and Soul --
pt. II. The Language of Thought and Life. 3. The Breath of Life and the Meaning of [actual symbol not reproducible]. 4. Mental Life and the Body --
pt. III. Death and the Afterlife. 5. The Dying Gasp and the Journey to Hades. 6. The Corpse and the Afterlife --
pt. IV. The Shaping of Myth. 7. The Personalities of Death. 8. Conclusion: The Dynamics of Mythical Image-making. Epilogue: Flesh and Spirit in Language and Lore after Homer.
Series Title: Oxford classical monographs.
Responsibility: Michael Clarke.
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A closely argued but very readable study of Homeric life and death, based on a doctoral dissertation. Clarke's central thesis is that a distinction between soul and body (misleadingly characterized Read more...

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