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Title: Archilochus, Telephus, and the warrior ethos
Author(s): Anderson, Adrian
Advisor(s): Augoustakis, Antonios
Department / Program: Classics
Discipline: Classics
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: M.A.
Genre: Masters
Subject(s): Archilochus Telephus Greek warfare elegy
Abstract: This thesis offers a reinterpretation of the martial fragments of the archaic poet Archilochus. Drawing particularly upon a fresh analysis of the new Telephus-fragment (P. Oxy. LXIX 4708), it is argued that the poet consistently advocates an ethos of cautious courage, in accordance with which every warrior is required to remain with the fighting unit and individual action is discouraged. This ethos is situated within the context of the historical development of the hoplite phalanx, and it is suggested further that a similar ideology is to be found in the Homeric epics.
Issue Date: 2012-05-22
Genre: thesis
Rights Information: Copyright 2012 Adrian Anderson
Date Available in IDEALS: 2012-05-22
Date Deposited: 2012-05

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