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The Age of Grace: Charis in Early Greek Poetry

MacLachlan, Bonnie

Verlag: Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, USA, 1993
ISBN 10: 0691069743 / ISBN 13: 9780691069746
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Titel: The Age of Grace: Charis in Early Greek ...

Verlag: Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, USA

Erscheinungsdatum: 1993

Einband: Hardcover

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Hardcover in good condition. Jacket is lightly scored and edge worn. Boards and page block are lightly marked. Lower leading corners are bumped. Pages are clean and contents are clear throughout. Binding is sound. HCW. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 444935

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Although "grace" in today's secular usage often connotes beauty or good manners, to the ancient Greeks it was both an aesthetic and a moral concept central to social order--a transformative power grounded in favor, thanks, repayment, delight, pleasure, and, above all, reciprocity. Here Bonnie MacLachlan explores the Greek concept of grace, or charis, as depicted in poetic works from Homer to Aeschylus, to tap into the essential meaning behind the manifold uses of the term. She also relates it to other important concepts in the moral language of the eighth century \B.C.E.

Examining epic, lyric, erotic, epinician, and tragic poetry, and the cult of the Charites themselves, MacLachlan shows how charis governed human relations of all sorts, from the battlefield to bed: Achilles sulks, and jeopardizes the Greek victory in the Trojan War, because there was no charis in Agamemnon's gesture of reconciliation; the young Telemachus, filled with the gift of charis, speaks persuasively before the assembly of Ithacans; young men and women in erotic poems shine with charis when they are sexually mature. In shaping her definition of charis as a mutually shared pleasure that breaks down the barriers of the self, MacLachlan seeks to elucidate many poetic passages that have long mystified the commentators.

Originally published in 1993.

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Inhaltsangabe: This study explores the Ancient Greek concept of grace, which was both an aesthetic and a moral concept central to social order, as depicted in poetic works from Homer to Aeschylus. The author relates grace to other important concepts in the moral language of the 8th century BC.

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