ATHENS DIALOGUES :

Lives and Deaths of the Greek Gods, Heroes, and Historical Figures

BY Richard Buxton

The depictions of birth/early childhood years and death in narratives of gods, heroes, and historic individuals share commonalities and are mutually influential.


This paper looks at the implications of two verses by T.S. Eliot for our reading of ancient Greek narratives of gods, heroes and historic individuals. The depictions of birth/early childhood years and death in these narratives actively shape the lives of their characters. All three types of narrative use these moments in order to impart order and significance. Rather than being sealed off from ... View Full Summary