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Cheiron's Way: Youthful Education in Homer and Tragedy

Justina Gregory


This book studies the social and ethical formation of selected characters in ancient Greek epic and tragedy. Its point of departure is the claim made by Achilles’ tutor Phoenix, who reminds his former pupil, “I made you the man you are” (Homer, Iliad 9.485) as he pleads with him to let go of his anger. Following an introduction that sketches the conceptual background for literary representations of teaching and learning, Chapter 1 considers the pedagogic persona of Cheiron the centaur, the first teacher in the Greek tradition. Chapters 2 and 3 focus on the Iliadic Achilles, who achieves maturi ... More

Keywords: Achilles, Cheiron, education, Euripides, Greek epic, Greek tragedy, Homer, learning, Sophocles, teaching

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190857882
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190857882.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Justina Gregory, author
Smith College

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