The Rape of Troy: Evolution, Violence, and the World of Homer Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0521870382
ISBN-10: 0521870380
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"Gottschall escorts us to the rich but sparsely inhabited borderland between anthropology, biology, and literary analysis, where he has found gold. The Rape of Troy is an original and important contribution to all three of these fields, and a very good read in addition." --Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus and Honorary Curator in Entomology at Harvard University

"The Rape of Troy is, above all, a brilliant little book - so brilliant that I wish it were less little. It crackles with intellectual vigor, academic rigor, and the prospect of triggering a revolution in research at the intersection of anthropology, biology, and literature.....[Gottschall's] account of "Homeric tragedy" rises to a level of sanguinary poetry that might make Cormac McCarthy envious." --David Barash, University of Washington, Journal of Human Biology

"There is no way to get bored with Gottschall. He has written a small masterpiece of evolutionary-literary analysis. Only someone with such a thorough knowledge of Homer and Homeric scholarship as he has could do this. This ability to marry disciplines with confidence and authority is rare and should be cherished....For a Homeric moment let us be free to wonder and applaud." --Robin Fox, Rutgers University, Evolutionary Psychology

"This is a fine book in a vigorous style with a delightfully fresh take on an old story. The best book on Homer I've read in years." --Barry Powell, Department of Classics, University of Wisconsin

"A rare combination of literature and science, The Rape of Troy presents an innovative study of the world of Homer from the perspective of evolutionary theory. The results are striking, highly readable and guaranteed to provoke much thought on an always topical and urgent question: what are the causes of violence?" Hans van Wees, University College London, Author of Status Warriors and Greek Warfare: myths and realities.

"Though serious in its purpose of advancing knowledge, The Rape of Troy is also powerfully literary. Gottschall became imaginatively absorbed in the Homeric poems, and through the often virtuoso quality of his interpretive rhetoric, he enables the reader to share in his responsiveness to Homer's poetry. When we speak of criticism that "impresses us with the power, richness, and responsiveness of the critic's mind," it is to criticism of this quality that we refer." Joseph Carroll, University of Missouri, Style, forthcoming

Book Description

Homer's epics reflect an eighth-century BCE world of warrior tribes and chiefdoms, fractured by constant strife. Professor Gottschall adopts the innovative approach of analysing Homeric conflict from the perspective of modern evolutionary biology, attributing its intensity to a catalyst familiar across many cultures: a shortage of available young women.

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  • File Size: 973 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0521690471
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (March 20, 2008)
  • Publication Date: March 20, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0017R6Q6W
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,610,392 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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