Iliad | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by A. Maria Van Erp Taalman Kip

This literature criticism consists of approximately 23 pages of analysis & critique of Iliad.
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Critical Essay by A. Maria Van Erp Taalman Kip

SOURCE: Taalman Kip, A. Maria Van Erp. “The Gods of the Iliad and the Fate of Troy.” Mnemosyne 53, no. 4 (August 2000): 385-402.

In the following essay, Taalman Kip maintains that providing the Olympian Gods with an interpolated morality is not consistent with Homer's presentation of the human condition in the Iliad.

Ever since antiquity the gods of the Iliad have been a stumbling block: in the view of Homer's ancient admirers the behaviour of his gods, especially Zeus, ought to have a moral basis, since otherwise they would not feel comfortable about their admiration for the poems. Plato sacrificed his admiration on the altar of his indignation, and banned Homer from his ideal state. Allegorizing interpreters solved the problem by arguing that Homer's gods were not meant to be gods; if...

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