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The Returning Hero


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Frontmatter List of Figures and Maps List of Abbreviations List of Contributors 1: Simon Hornblower: Introduction 2: Robert L. Fowler: The nostoi and Archaic Greek Ethnicity 3: Stephanie West: Odysseus' Eclectic Itinerary 4: Irad Malkin: Returning Heroes and Greek Colonists 5: Guglielmo Genovese: nostoi as Heroic Foundations in Southern Italy: The Traditions about Epeios and Philoktetes 6: Tanja S. Scheer: Women and nostoi 7: Giulia Biffis: nostos, a Journey towards Identity in Athenian Tragedy 8: N. J. Lowe: Emotional Returns 9: Robin Lane Fox: Macedonians and nostos 10: Catherine Morgan: nostoi and Material Culture in the Area of the Classical-Hellenistic Ionian and Adriatic Seas 11: Naoise Mac Sweeney: Failed nostoi and Foundations: Kalchas at Kolophon 12: Nicholas Purcell: Mediterranean Perspectives on Departure, Displacement, and Home Endmatter Bibliography Index

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Simon Hornblower was most recently a Senior Research Fellow in Classical Studies at All Souls College, Oxford, until his retirement in 2016. Earlier in his career he was a Prize Fellow at All Souls College from 1971 until 1977 before becoming Tutorial Fellow in Ancient History at Oriel College and University CUF Lecturer. In 1997 he was appointed Professor of Classics and Professor of Ancient History at UCL, where he remained until 2010 (from 2006 as Grote Professor of Ancient History). Giulia Biffis is Associate Lecturer in Greek at Birkbeck College, London and Research Associate in Classics at the University of Reading for this academic year. She was previously a Teaching Fellow at the University of Reading and at the University of Edinburgh after gaining her PhD in Classics at University College London in 2012. In parallel with her work on myths of return in ancient Greek literature she is also currently working on Lykophron's Alexandra and its relationship with female characterization in the Greek world.


The concept of the returning hero originates with the tales of the Nostoi of the heroes after the Trojan War, and their travels and travails across the Mediterranean; but the volume manages to link these tales to the wider issue of the 'traditions of Mediterranean settlement'. * Kostas Vlassopoulos, University of Crete, Greece & Rome *
The topic is presented through the different viewpoints of scholars specialising in history, literature, myth, and archaeology ... This volume offers a range of interesting ideas on the theme of nostos, chiefly by pointing out how difficult it is to return home after absence, when neither the returner nor the home is the same. * Claire Gruzelier, Classics for All *

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