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Challenges to the Power of Zeus in Early Greek Poetry.

By: Yasumura, Noriko.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2013Description: 1 online resource (221 p.).ISBN: 9781472519672.Subject(s): Epic poetry, Greek -- History and criticism | Zeus (Greek deity) in literatureGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Challenges to the Power of Zeus in Early Greek PoetryDDC classification: 881.010938292 LOC classification: PA3106 -- .Y37 2011ebOnline resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover Page -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Contents -- Preface -- Introduction -- I. The Threat of Thetis -- 1. The supplication of Thetis -- 2. Phoenix as an example of the generational strife in the Iliad -- 3. Telemachus as an example of the generational strife in the Odyssey -- 4. Peleus and Achilles -- II. The Golden Chain of Hera -- 1. The δεσμός of the gods in the Iliad -- 2. The golden chain of Hera -- 3. Heracles: the motive for the golden chain -- III. The Reordering of the Universe -- 1. The tug-of-war between Zeus and Poseidon -- 2. The parallel presentation of wrath
3. The reordering of the universe -- IV. The Birth of Athena -- 1. Near Eastern succession myth and Hesiod's Theogony -- 2. The Hesiodic account: the route to Zeus' victory -- 3. The birth of Athena -- V. Prometheus, God of Forethought -- 1. The myth of Prometheus in the Theogony -- 2. The defeat of Prometheus -- 3. Elpis -- VI. Typhon, Son of Hera -- 1. The arrangement of the motifs -- 2. The digression of the Typhon episode -- 3. The opening scene of the Hymn to Apollo -- VII. The Bitter Sorrow of Aphrodite -- 1. The irony of human limitation -- 2. The sorrow of Aphrodite
3. The three goddesses at the beginning of the Hymn to Aphrodite -- Epilogue -- Notes -- Abbreviations -- Bibliography -- Index of Passages -- Index of Names -- General Index
Summary: In the earliest extant works of Greek literature, Zeus reigns supreme in the Olympian hierarchy. However, scattered and scanty though they may be, there are allusions to threats of rebellion which challenge Zeus' supremacy. This book examines these passages, drawn from Homer, Hesiod and the ""Homeric Hymns"", to offer some new interpretations. While focusing on the theme of cosmic/divine strife, it becomes clear that hints of lost legends underlie these texts. Tracing their hidden logic helps to improve our understanding of early Greek poetry.
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Cover Page -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Contents -- Preface -- Introduction -- I. The Threat of Thetis -- 1. The supplication of Thetis -- 2. Phoenix as an example of the generational strife in the Iliad -- 3. Telemachus as an example of the generational strife in the Odyssey -- 4. Peleus and Achilles -- II. The Golden Chain of Hera -- 1. The δεσμός of the gods in the Iliad -- 2. The golden chain of Hera -- 3. Heracles: the motive for the golden chain -- III. The Reordering of the Universe -- 1. The tug-of-war between Zeus and Poseidon -- 2. The parallel presentation of wrath

3. The reordering of the universe -- IV. The Birth of Athena -- 1. Near Eastern succession myth and Hesiod's Theogony -- 2. The Hesiodic account: the route to Zeus' victory -- 3. The birth of Athena -- V. Prometheus, God of Forethought -- 1. The myth of Prometheus in the Theogony -- 2. The defeat of Prometheus -- 3. Elpis -- VI. Typhon, Son of Hera -- 1. The arrangement of the motifs -- 2. The digression of the Typhon episode -- 3. The opening scene of the Hymn to Apollo -- VII. The Bitter Sorrow of Aphrodite -- 1. The irony of human limitation -- 2. The sorrow of Aphrodite

3. The three goddesses at the beginning of the Hymn to Aphrodite -- Epilogue -- Notes -- Abbreviations -- Bibliography -- Index of Passages -- Index of Names -- General Index

In the earliest extant works of Greek literature, Zeus reigns supreme in the Olympian hierarchy. However, scattered and scanty though they may be, there are allusions to threats of rebellion which challenge Zeus' supremacy. This book examines these passages, drawn from Homer, Hesiod and the ""Homeric Hymns"", to offer some new interpretations. While focusing on the theme of cosmic/divine strife, it becomes clear that hints of lost legends underlie these texts. Tracing their hidden logic helps to improve our understanding of early Greek poetry.

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Noriko Yasumura is Professor of Classics at Kanazawa University, Japan.

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