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The Age of Grace
Author: Bonnie Maclachlan

ISBN: 9780691630762
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 214
Published: 19 March 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.3
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Although "grace" in today's secular usage often connotes beauty or good manners, to the ancient Greeks it was both an aesthetic and a moral concept central to social order--a transformative power grounded in favor, thanks, repayment, delight, pleasure, and, above all, reciprocity. Here Bonnie MacLachlan explores the Greek concept of grace, orcharis, as depicted in poetic works from Homer to Aeschylus, to tap into the essential meaning behind the manifold uses of the term. She also relates it to other important concepts in the moral language of the eighth century B.C.E.


Examining epic, lyric, erotic, epinician, and tragic poetry, and the cult of the Charites themselves, MacLachlan shows howcharis governed human relations of all sorts, from the battlefield to bed: Achilles sulks, and jeopardizes the Greek victory in the Trojan War, because there was nocharis in Agamemnon's gesture of reconciliation; the young Telemachus, filled with the gift ofcharis, speaks persuasively before the assembly of Ithacans; young men and women in erotic poems shine w...

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