Sanctified Violence in Homeric Society: Oath-Making Rituals in the Iliad

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 7, 2005 - History - 244 pages
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In Sanctified Violence in Homeric Society, Margo Kitts focuses on oath-making narratives found in the Iliad through which she articulates a theory of ritualized violence. She analyzes ritual paradigms, metaphors, fictions, and poetic registers as oath-making principles, which she then traces through Homeric references and texts from the ancient New East. Discussing ritual features that are common to acts of religious violence throughout the world, Kitts makes use of the theory of ritual performance as communication.
 

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Contents

Epics Rituals and Rituals in Epic Some Methodological Considerations
11
Premises and Principles of OathMaking in the Iliad
50
Ritual Scenes and Epic Themes of OathSacrifice
115
Homeric Battlefield Theophanies in the Light of the Ancient Near East
188
Conclusion
216
Homeric Texts for the Principal Oaths Discussed
219
Bibliography
229
Index
241
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