New Humanists

Nietzsche, Homer, and Cruelty | Episode LVI

November 15, 2023 Ancient Language Institute Episode 56
New Humanists
Nietzsche, Homer, and Cruelty | Episode LVI
Show Notes

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:

Lee Fratantuono's Madness Unchained:

Robin Lane Fox's Homer and His Iliad:

Hesiod's Theogony, Works and Days:

Dan Carlin's Death Throes of the Republic:

C.S. Lewis's Surprised by Joy:

Jacob Burkhardt's The Greeks and Greek Civilization:

René Girard's Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World:

New Humanists episode on Simone Weil's "The Iliad, or the Poem of Force":

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