Heroes: Saviors, Traitors, and Supermen: A History of Hero Worship

Heroes Saviors Traitors and Supermen A History of Hero Worship Beginning beneath the walls of Troy and culminating in s Europe a magisterial exploration of the nature of heroism in Western civilization Our need for heroes is a timeless phenomenon from ancien

  • Title: Heroes: Saviors, Traitors, and Supermen: A History of Hero Worship
  • Author: Lucy Hughes-Hallett
  • ISBN: 9781400043996
  • Page: 114
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Beginning beneath the walls of Troy and culminating in 1930s Europe, a magisterial exploration of the nature of heroism in Western civilization.Our need for heroes is a timeless phenomenon from ancient Greece to September 11, we have always looked to great figures for inspiration and leadership In this riveting and insightful cultural history, Lucy Hughes Hallett bringsBeginning beneath the walls of Troy and culminating in 1930s Europe, a magisterial exploration of the nature of heroism in Western civilization.Our need for heroes is a timeless phenomenon from ancient Greece to September 11, we have always looked to great figures for inspiration and leadership In this riveting and insightful cultural history, Lucy Hughes Hallett brings to life eight exceptional men from history and myth whose outsized accomplishments made them heroes of their times.Alcibiades was Athens s most dazzling citizen but an incorrigible traitor El Cid was an invincible but self interested warlord Albrecht von Wallenstein terrified both enemies and allies in the Thirty Years War Despite their flaws, all three were celebrated as superhuman paragons of virility We see them in contrast to heroes of a different kind Cato, the stubborn opponent of dictatorship Sir Francis Drake, who used wit instead of might to defeat the Spanish and Giuseppe Garibaldi, the gallant revolutionary and international celebrity Framing these six men are the two paradigmatic Homeric heroes Achilles, who sacrificed his life for glory, and Odysseus, who lied and cheated and stole, doing anything to survive As Hughes Hallett vividly re creates these extraordinary lives, she illuminates the attractions and dangers of hero worship This is a fascinating book about dictatorship and democracy, seduction and mass hysteria, politics and culture, and the eternal tension between the Achillean glorification of death and the Odyssean affirmation of life.

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    1. Really excellent study of the history of hero worship using Achilles, Alcibiades, Cato, El Cid, Francis Drake, Wallenstein, Garibaldi and finally (out of chronological order for important reasons) Odysseus to represent different aspects of the phenomenon. Hughes-Hallett subtly weaves the chapters together with the glimpses of connections (and disconnections) among the subjects she has studies.“That most idols have Feet of clay is a banality; what is interesting is the question why, knowing it, [...]

    2. A fascinating examination of the slippery identity of the hero and the cultural use to which the figure of the hero has been and continues to be put. After a useful prologue that sets out the parameters of the discussion, she provides individual chapters on specific heroic figures: Achilles (the prototypical Homeric hero), Alcibiades (the glamorous hero), Cato (the Stoic hero), El Cid (the warlord knightly hero), Francis Drake (the self-made adventurer), Wallenstein (the stoppable warrior-as-mon [...]

    3. The ideas presented in this book about hero worship, citing examples from from the 5th century BCE (Pericles and Alcibiades), to 17th and 19th century figures,( Wallenstein and Garibaldi), was insightful from a biographical context, as well as compelling from a psychological and philosophical framework.

    4. Inspiring book. A must have for every person who loves to aspire to greatness but understand the temperance of duty.

    5. I didn't actually read the whole thing, just the chapter on Catobut that's really all I checked it out for, anyway, and it served that purpose adequately.

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