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Enraged: Why Violent Times Need Ancient Greek Myths

Emily Katz Anhalt.
Item #: D03280
Format: Hardcover
Pages/Publication Date: 288 / 2017
Publisher: Yale
ISBN: 9780300217377
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Millennia ago, Greek myths exposed the dangers of violent rage and the need for empathy and self-restraint. Such works as Homer's Iliad, Euripides's Hecuba, and Sophocles's Ajax show that anger and vengeance destroy perpetrators and victims alike. Here Emily Katz Anhalt reveals how these three masterworks of classical Greek literature can teach us, as they taught the ancient Greeks, to recognize violent revenge as a marker of illogical thinking and poor leadership. By promoting compassion, rational thought, and debate, Anhalt suggests, Greek myths can help to arm us against the tyrants we might serve and the tyrants we might become.

 

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