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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 various disciplines together with classics, anthropology, psychology, and literary stories, this manufactured from 20 years' scholarship offers an in depth typology of the hero in Western delusion: beginning, parentage, familial ties, sexuality, personality, deeds, dying, and afterlife. Dean A. Miller examines where of the hero within the actual international (wilderness, fort, criminal cellphone) and in society (among monarchs, fools, shamans, opponents, and gods). He appears to be like on the hero in conflict and quest; at his political prestige; and at his dating to tested faith. The e-book spans Western epic traditions, together with Greek, Roman, Nordic, and Celtic, in addition to the Indian and Persian legacies. a wide part of the ebook additionally examines the figures who alter or accompany the hero: companions, helpers (animals and occasionally monsters), foes, foils, or even antitypes. The Epic Hero presents a finished and provocative advisor to epic heroes, and to the richly innovative stories they inhabit.

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