Agamemnon, the Pathetic Despot: Reading Characterization in Homer The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours
Homer and his audience knew Agamemnon as the primary leader of well over 1,000 Achaian ships that sailed against Troy. He led an intense ten-year struggle, only to return home and die a miserable death at his wife’s hands. His presence in person or name impacts the poetic narratives of… What does it mean to be a hero? The ancient Greeks who gave us Achilles and Odysseus had a very different understanding of the term than we do today. Based on the legendary Harvard course that Gregory Nagy has taught for well over thirty years, The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours explores the roots of Western civilization and offers a masterclass in classical Greek literature.
Nagy, Gregory. 2013. The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2013. http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:hul.ebook:CHS_NagyG.The_Ancient_Greek_Hero_in_24_Hours.2013.