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The heroic ideal : Western archetypes from the Greeks to the present

Author: M Gregory Kendrick
Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In its present usage, the word "hero" seems an all-purpose moniker applied to everyone from Medal of Honor recipients to celebrities to comic book characters. This book explores the Western idea of the hero, from its initial use in ancient Greece, where it identified demigods or aristocratic, mortal warriors, through its present-day usage"--Provided by publisher.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: M Gregory Kendrick
ISBN: 9780786437863 0786437863
OCLC Number: 607613292
Description: vii, 228 pages ; 26 cm
Contents: Myrmidons, martyrs, and muscle men : heroism in the ancient world --
Soldiers and servants of Christ : heroism in the Middle Ages --
Rebels, rogues, and reprobates : heroism in the modern world.
Responsibility: M. Gregory Kendrick.

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"In its present usage, the word "hero" seems an all-purpose moniker applied to everyone from Medal of Honor recipients to celebrities to comic book characters. This book explores the Western idea of the hero, from its initial use in ancient Greece, where it identified demigods or aristocratic, mortal warriors, through its present-day usage"--Provided by publisher.

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