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Nature and Culture in the "Iliad": The Tragedy of Hector [Paperback]

James M. Redfield
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30 Jun 1993
By focusing on the story of Hector, James M. Redfield presents an imaginative perspective not only on the Iliad but also on the whole of Homeric culture. In an expansive discussion informed by a reinterpretation of Aristotle's Poetics and a reflection on the human meaning of narrative art, the analysis of Hector leads to an inquiry into the fundamental features of Homeric culture and of culture generally in its relation to nature. Through Hector, as the "true tragic hero of the poem," the events and themes of the Iliad are understood and the function of tragedy within culture is examined. Redfield's work represents a significant application of anthropological perspectives to Homeric poetry. Originally published in 1975 (University of Chicago Press), this revised edition includes a new preface and concluding chapter by the author.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (30 Jun 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822314223
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822314226
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 519,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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James Redfield is the author of a number of critically acclaimed books, including the phenomenal international bestseller, The Celestine Prophecy, The Tenth Insight, The Secret of Shambhala and The Celestine Vision and God and the Evolving Universe. The Celestine Prophecy spent more than three years on the New York Times bestseller list and was the world's No.1 bestselling work of fiction for two consecutive years. James Redfield lives in Alabama with his wife Salle.

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"A fine reading of the Iliad [and] a pioneering attempt to apply the insights and methods of cultural anthropology to the warrior culture of the poem..." Charles Segal, Harvard University "From time to time there appear Homeric studies that speak to a wide range of readers ... Nature and Culture in the Iliad is in that company. It opened up new perspectives on the poem and its poet and remains as stimulating today as when it first appeared." James Tatum, Dartmouth College "Redfield's memorable study of the literary and cultural values of Homer's Iliad shines with wisdom and humanity on every page. I know of no other work on the epic that so consistently reaches this level of insight and inspiration." Fromma Zeitlin, Princeton University

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James M. Redfield is Howard L. Willett Professor of Social Thought and Classics at the University of Chicago.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 26 Feb 2011
It is difficult to find books that offer something new about the Iliad, this one does. It focuses on Hector and the how Achilles takes him to the limits of society and cluture. Full of scholarship and very entertaining.
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5.0 out of 5 stars he got it right 29 Jun 1999
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I found much to disagree about when I read this book, but the conflict it posed was part of what made it such a great read (its often boring to read an author you completely agree with). Of all the commentaries on the Iliad I've seen, this is the one that gets the central point right. Most people focus their critic of the Iliad by assuming it is the story of Achilles. In fact, it isn't, there is another, perhaps more powerful, story lurking; in the finest tradition of Shakespearean drama the Iliad is fundamentally the tragedy of Hector. It is this duality which makes the Iliad one of the great books in human history and nature and culture is one of the few books that, in addition to providing some informative background on homeric culture, stresses this point.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read! 12 May 2007
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Hands down, one of the best books on the Homeric hero and The Iliad currently available. The expanded edition is a much appreciated update to a classic work of literary criticism. Clearly written!
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