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The Returning Hero: nostoi and Traditions of Mediterranean Settlement

Simon Hornblower and Giulia Biffis


This interdisciplinary book, which takes its origin from an international conference held in Oxford, brings together experts in ancient Greek (and Roman) history, literature, archaeology, and religion. It is about ancient Greek returns and returning, chiefly—but by no means only—of mythical Greek heroes from Troy. One main, and certainly the most ‘marked’, ancient Greek word for ‘return’ is nostos, plural nostoi, as in the English derivative ‘nostalgia’. The nostos theme runs through Greek literature (prose and poetic) and history from Homer’s Odyssey to Lykophron’s Alexandra, and nostoi were ... More

Keywords: Greek mythology, Trojan war, returning heroes, settlement patterns, place attachment, nostoi

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198811428
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198811428.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Hornblower, editor
Formerly Senior Research Fellow in Classical Studies, All Souls College, Oxford

Giulia Biffis, editor
Research Associate in Classics, University of Reading; Associate Lecturer in Greek, Birkbeck College, London