A comparison of the roles of the hero and the seductress in the Tain

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by Mark A. Hayes
published on 07 May 2012

This paper attempts to redefine the role of the “hero” in ancient Western epic poetry, focusing specifically on the Iliad of Homer and the Irish epic the Tain Bo Cuailgne, by focusing on the maintenance of a hierarchy of loyalties. Similarly, this paper demonstrates the need to expand the traditional conception of the epic seductress. Ultimately, the paper concludes with a brief cross-cultural comparison of ancient Greece and Ireland based on information extracted by employing the revised definitions suggested in this paper.

Honours BA Thesis, Ball State University, 1994

Written by , linked by Jan van der Crabben, published 07 May 2012. Source URL: http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/bitstream/handle/190746/1/H392_1994HayesMark.pdf.

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