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dc.contributor.advisorHerring, Edward
dc.contributor.authorGeoghegan, Micheál Pearse
dc.description.abstractDrawing on the strong tradition of structuralism in the Classics, this thesis argues that the binary opposition between wild and tame was fundamental to the Ancient Greek man's understanding of social power relations. It maintains that, in the ancient polis, the language of taming was closely linked to a broad range of hegemonic masculine conduct, ranging from self-control and sexual potency to political assertiveness and martial courage. The literary sources indicate that a Greek man, when exhibiting ideals of masculinity in his relations with disfranchised members of his community, was imagined as playing the role of a "tamer": the individual who possesses the ability to impose his will on the wild realm of nature.en_IE
dc.publisherNUI Galway
dc.subjectAncient Greece Masculinity Ideology Nature Tamingen_IE
dc.subjectAncient Greeceen_IE
dc.subjectArts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studiesen_IE
dc.subjectLanguages, Literatures, & Culturesen_IE
dc.titleMan the Tamer: case studies in masculine ideology, power and the domestication of the wild in Ancient Greek social thoughten_IE
dc.contributor.funderIrish Research Councilen_IE
dc.local.noteThis thesis examines the role of the opposition between “wild” and “tame” in preserving social hierarchies in Ancient Greece. Using a range of literary and iconographical materials, it argues that the symbolism of taming the wild frequently accompanied descriptions of hegemonic masculine behaviour in Ancient Greek societies.en_IE

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