Jan N. Bremmer

Becoming a Man in Ancient Greece and Rome

Essays on Myths and Rituals of Initiation
[Mannwerdung im antiken Griechenland und Rom. Mythen und Rituale der Initiation.]
2021. XXVIII, 267 pages.
DOI 10.1628/978-3-16-159009-2
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In this work, Jan N. Bremmer demonstrates the importance of initiation as a key to understanding some of the most celebrated Greek myths. He elucidates the background of the Trojan War, but also illuminates other famous myths, such as Oedipus' defeat of the Sphinx, Dionysus' effeminate appearance and the education of Achilles by the Centaur Chiron.