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Hellenic Studies Series 16

The Power of Thetis and Selected Essays

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$18.95 • £14.95 • €17.10

ISBN 9780674021433

Publication: June 2011


248 pages

5-1/2 x 9 inches

Center for Hellenic Studies > Hellenic Studies Series

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Laura Slatkin’s influential and widely admired book, here published in a second edition together with six additional essays, explores the superficially minor role of Thetis in the Iliad. Highly charged allusions reverberate through the narrative and establish a constellation of themes that link the poem to other traditions. Slatkin uncovers alternative traditions about the power of Thetis and shows how an awareness of those myths brings a far greater understanding of Thetis’s place in the thematic structure of the Iliad. The six additional essays included in this volume—some of them classics, some never before published—cover a broad range of topics in the study of the Greek Epic: the workings of genre in Hesiod and Homer; the poetics of exchange; and the nature of enmity and friendship. The volume also includes a study of the Hesiodic Catalog of Women and reflections on particular heroes, such as Diomedes and Odysseus.