The Best of the Achaeans
Concepts of the Hero in Archaic Greek Poetry
Revised Edition
Gregory Nagy

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The Best of the Achaeans

Concepts of the Hero in Archaic Greek Poetry

a machine readable edition

Gregory Nagy

Table of Contents


Foreword The 1999 second edition
Introduction A Word on Assumptions, Methods, Results

Part I. Demodokos, Odyssey, Iliad
1. The First Song of Demodokos
2. The Best of the Achaeans
3. A Conflict between Odysseus and Achilles in the Iliad
4. The Death of Achilles and a Festival at Delphi

Part II. Hero of Epic, Hero of Cult
5. The Name of Achilles
6. Lamentation and the Hero
7. The Death of Pyrrhos
8. The Death of Hektor
9. Poetic Categories for the Hero
10. Poetic Visions of Immortality for the Hero

Part III. Praise, Blame, and the Hero
11. On Strife and the Human Condition
12. Poetry of Praise, Poetry of Blame
13. Iambos
14. Epos, the Language of Blame, and the Worst of the Achaeans
15. The Best of the Achaeans Confronts an Aeneid Tradition

Part IV. Beyond Epic
16. The Death of a Poet
17. On the Antagonism of God and Hero
18. On the Stories of a Poet's Life
19. More on Strife and the Human Condition
20. Achilles beyond the Iliad


Appendix On the Forms krataió- and Akhaió-


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