Understanding The Iliad

by Leon Golden

Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/23/2005

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 184
ISBN : 9781420813517
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 184
ISBN : 9781420813500

About the Book

Although the Iliad has a history dating back more than three thousand years, it remains a riveting and insightful study of universal themes relating to the human condition. This study focuses on three interconnecting subjects: the relationship of human beings to the external forces—the gods—which are operative in the universe; the concept of heroism in war and beyond war which fulfills the human aspiration for meaning in existence; and the process of emotional, intellectual, and psychological evolution by which the poem’s hero, Achilles, evolves from a state of narcissistic indifference to the fate of other human beings to the capacity to demonstrate compassion to those who have been his most hated enemies.

About the Author

Throughout his academic career, Professor Golden has focused his teaching and research interests on Greek tragedy, Homer, and classical literary criticism, and has published a number of articles and books in these areas. One of his principal interests has been in demonstrating that Aristotle’s famous doctrine of catharsis—traditionally understood as a form of purgation of troubling emotions—should actually be understood as the process of intellectual clarification of the cause, nature, and effect of those emotions. In his analysis of the Iliad, he applies this doctrine of catharsis to Homer’s great epic poem. Until his recent retirement, Professor Golden was professor of classics and director of the Program in Humanities at Florida State University.