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Combat Trauma and the Ancient Greeks
Meineck, Peter and David Konstan, editors

New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014 pp. 328. $90.00

Series Information
The New Antiquity


Description: The effects of what we now term 'combat trauma' are well represented in the literature of the Ancient Greeks: the madness of Heracles, the rage of Achilles, the suicide of Ajax, the isolation of Philoctetes, and the trials of Odysseus, to name a few. Much of the narrative of the Greek world, particularly Athens, reflects a preoccupation with the consequences of violence and war. In this book, a diverse group of scholars, who specialize in different aspects of ancient Greek culture, explore how the Greeks responded to war and the various manifestations of 'post-traumatic stress' and 'combat stress injury' in ancient Greek culture.

Subjects: Greco-Roman Literature, Literature, Methods, Social-Scientific Approaches

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Review by Zsuzsanna Varhelyi
Published 2/23/2017
Citation: Zsuzsanna Varhelyi, review of Peter Meineck and David Konstan, eds., Combat Trauma and the Ancient Greeks, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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