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Wounding the Gods

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The Mortal Theomachos in the Iliad and the Hesiodic Aspis

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In this article, I explore the figure of the mortal theomachos in archaic Greek hexameter poetry. In particular, I examine how the Iliad and the Hesiodic Aspis construct Diomedes and Heracles respectively in their capacity to fight and wound divine opponents. Through a careful study of these two figures, I argue that they are emblematic of the heroic generations they belong to.

Affiliations: 1: Washington University in St. Louis, Department of Classics


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