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Fighting in the shadow of epic: the motivations of soldiers in early Greek lyric poetry

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This thesis explores the theme of the motivation of soldiers in Greek lyric poetry while holding it up against the backdrop of epic. The motivation of soldiers expressed in lyric poetry depicts a complex system that demanded cohesion across various spheres in life. This system was designed to create and maintain social, communal, and political cohesion as well as cohesion in the ranks. The lyric poems reveal a mutually beneficial relationship between citizen and polis whereby the citizens ...

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Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford

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