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By Dean A. Miller

From Odysseus to Aeneas, from Beowulf to King Arthur, from the Mahâbhârata to the Ossetian "Nart" stories, epic heroes and their tales have symbolized the ability of the human mind's eye. Drawing on assorted disciplines together with classics, anthropology, psychology, and literary stories, this made of two decades' scholarship presents an in depth typology of the hero in Western fable: delivery, parentage, familial ties, sexuality, personality, deeds, demise, and afterlife. Dean A. Miller examines where of the hero within the actual international (wilderness, citadel, legal mobile) and in society (among monarchs, fools, shamans, competitors, and gods). He seems to be on the hero in conflict and quest; at his political prestige; and at his courting to verified faith. The booklet spans Western epic traditions, together with Greek, Roman, Nordic, and Celtic, in addition to the Indian and Persian legacies. a wide element of the publication additionally examines the figures who adjust or accompany the hero: companions, helpers (animals and occasionally monsters), foes, foils, or even antitypes. The Epic Hero presents a accomplished and provocative consultant to epic heroes, and to the richly innovative stories they inhabit.

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