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By Susanna Braund, Glenn W. Most

Anger is located all over the historic international, from the first actual be aware of the Iliad via all literary genres and each element of private and non-private lifestyles. but, it is just very lately that classicists, historians, and philosophers have all started to review anger in antiquity. This quantity comprises major new stories via authors from diverse disciplines and international locations at the literary, philosophical, clinical, and political features of historical anger.

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That is to say, the Greek term ‘hero’ indicates a world before ours, a world before social formation. 18 The few exceptions are notable. One is Agamemnon (Il. 102), who attempts to use the assembly as a vehicle for self-promotion: see Haubold (2000), 55–8. See also the first Ithacan assembly in the Odyssey: Ch. 2, n. 39 below. 19 That is not to say that the individual’s pursuit of glory is not an issue in the assembly; the Homeric warrior not only must perform his deeds but also speak about them—be ‘a speaker of words and a doer of deeds’, in Phoenix’s words (Il.

Introduction: founding dissent 39 dissent becomes valorized within the Achaean community—by considering the two other groups who hold assemblies, the Trojans and the gods: while the Trojan assembly shows the value of the contest of voices in the Achaean assembly, scenes of assembly among the gods similarly chart a gradual institutionalization of dissent under, however, Zeus’ unquestioned governance. Section 4 examines the less closely studied final assembly of book 19, when Achilles returns to the fray: by continuing to resist attempts at control, he turns the debate onto the utility of debate itself and the achievement of the Iliad ’s narrative strategy in subjecting its audience(s) to the process of founding a political community.

Thus tragic debates often fail to lead to resolution precisely because the agon is as much about reproducing the crisis of interpretation among the audience as about displaying the contest between characters, all of which suggests a significant interrelationship between tragic dissent and the new cultural conditions of democracy. 74 And, in Thucydides’ case at least, personal experience of assembly debate. 75 On problems of authority for an ancient historian, see Marincola (1997), and Act II below.

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