Gregory nagy the ancient greek hero in 24 hours acknowledgments introduction part i introduction to homeric poetry part i hour 1 the homeric iliad and the glory of the unseasonal hero part i hour 2 achilles as epic hero and the idea of total recall in song part i hour 3. The ancient greek hero in 24 hours is a specialized textbook for the very popular harvard course offered for many decades by gregory nagy the class is offered free via edx as a mooc open to basically anyone interested all over the world. In 24 installments based on the harvard course nagy has taught and refined since the 1970s the ancient greek hero in 24 hours explores civilizations roots in classical literature a lineage that continues to challenge and inspire us. The ancient greeks concept of the hero was very different from what we understand by the term today gregory nagy argues and it is only through analyzing their historical contexts that we can truly understand achilles odysseus oedipus and herakles in greek tradition a hero was a human male . In greek tradition a hero was a human male or female of the remote past who was endowed with superhuman abilities by virtue of being descended from an immortal god despite their mortality heroes like the gods were objects of cult worship
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