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Title: Blood and Hunger in the Iliad
Contributor(s): Neal, Beatrice Tamara (author)
Publication Date: 2006
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1086/505669
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Abstract: Blood and bloodshed are inevitable by-products of war, literally representative of lost life and suffering. Unsurprisingly, Homer’s Iliad embellishes numerous accounts of fighting and death with references to blood. Perhaps it is also unsurprising, given the regularity of wounding and death, that the form and function of bloody description have received little scholarly attention. The purpose of this paper is to show that blood and what I term 'bloodspill' have poetic significance by surveying the contextualdistribution of ɑἷμɑ in the Iliad. The lexeme does not appear haphazardly but is associated with certain contexts and individuals. Of particular importance is that blood is increasingly represented as a comestible. Moreover, its desired consumption by the war god Ares and the hero Achilles graphically problematizes the warrior ethic presented in the poem.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Classical Philology, 101(1), p. 15-33
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Place of Publication: Chicago
ISSN: 0009-837X
Field of Research (FOR): 200510 Latin and Classical Greek Literature
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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