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- DescriptionHeroes and heroines in antiquity inhabited a space somewhere between gods and humans. In this detailed, yet brilliantly wide-ranging analysis, Christopher Jones starts from literary heroes such as Achilles and moves to the historical record of those exceptional men and women who were worshiped after death. He asks why and how mortals were heroized, and what exactly becoming a hero entailed in terms of religious action and belief. He proves that the growing popularity of heroizing the dead - fallen warriors, family members, magnanimous citizens - represents t a decline from earlier practice but an adaptation to new contexts and modes of thought. The most famous example of this process is Hadrian's beloved, Antios, who can w be located within an ancient tradition of heroizing extraordinary youths who died prematurely. This book, wholly new and beautifully written, rescues the hero from literary metaphor and vividly restores heroism to the reality of ancient life.
- Author BiographyChristopher P. Jones is George Martin Lane Professor of the Classics and of History, Harvard University.
- Author(s)Christopher P. Jones
- PublisherHarvard University Press
- Date of Publication01/12/2009
- SubjectNon-Christian Religions
- Series TitleRevealing Antiquity
- Series Part/Volume Numberv. 18
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHarvard University Press
- Content Note10 halftones
- Weight295 g
- Width140 mm
- Height210 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Format DetailsSewn,Cloth over boards,With printed dust jacket
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