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Enraged: Why Violent Times Need Ancient Greek Myths

Emily Katz Anhalt

Abstract

Millennia ago, Greek myths exposed the dangers of violent rage and the need for empathy and self-restraint. Homer's Iliad, Euripides' Hecuba, and Sophocles' Ajax show that anger and vengeance destroy perpetrators and victims alike. Composed before and during the ancient Greeks' groundbreaking movement away from autocracy toward more inclusive political participation, these stories offer guidelines for modern efforts to create and maintain civil societies. The book reveals how these three masterworks of classical Greek literature can teach us, as they taught the ancient Greeks, to recognize vio ... More

Keywords: anger, Greek myths, rage, vengeance, Greek literature, illogical thinking, leadership, compassion, rational thought, debate

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780300217377
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300217377.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emily Katz Anhalt, author
Sarah Lawrence College