Why was it that the Greeks, the most humane of all peoples, also possessed such a tigerish lust for blood? Why did the Greeks so delight in Homer's depiction of cruelty and death in the Iliad? That is the question animating Friedrich Nietzsche's preface to an unwritten book, "Homer's Contest." Nietzsche turns to the dark Hellenic past, the "womb of Homer" for an explanation, and finds it in Strife, the double-souled goddess lauded by Hesiod.
Friedrich Nietzsche's Homer's Contest: http://www.northamericannietzschesociety.com/uploads/7/3/2/5/73251013/nietzscheana5.pdf
Lee Fratantuono's Madness Unchained: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780739122426
Robin Lane Fox's Homer and His Iliad: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9781541600447
Hesiod's Theogony, Works and Days: https://amzn.to/467Nh3l
Dan Carlin's Death Throes of the Republic: https://www.dancarlin.com/product/hardcore-history-death-throes-of-the-republic-series/
C.S. Lewis's Surprised by Joy: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780062565433
Jacob Burkhardt's The Greeks and Greek Civilization: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780312244477
René Girard's Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780804722155
New Humanists episode on Simone Weil's "The Iliad, or the Poem of Force": https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-iliad-or-the-poem-of-force-episode-xxi/id1570296135?i=1000557727910
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