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No RegretsRemorse in Classical Antiquity$
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Laurel Fulkerson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199668892

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199668892.001.0001

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Agamemnon, Achilles, and the Homeric Roots of Remorse

Agamemnon, Achilles, and the Homeric Roots of Remorse

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No Regrets

Laurel Fulkerson

Oxford University Press

Agamemnon, Achilles, and the Homeric Roots of Remorse: The first chapter discusses the Homeric roots of remorse, treating in particular Agamemnon’s apology to Achilles, and the various ways in which it does and does not match up to a modern sense of what is necessary; Odysseus’ response shows that it also does not measure up by Homeric standards. By contrast, Achilles’ behaviour after the death of Patroclus shows that Homer is capable of expressing a fully modern sense of remorse.

Keywords:   Patroclus, Homeric society, social rules, status

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