Off the Shelf: Richard Holway

January 2, 2012 — Richard Holway, acquisitions editor for the University of Virginia Press, "Becoming Achilles: Child-Sacrifice, War and Misrule in the lliad and Beyond." Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group.

Holway, who also teaches in the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics in the University of Virginia's College of Arts & Sciences, and also in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Program in U.Va.'s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, shows how the epic underwrites individual and communal catharsis and denial. Sacrificial childrearing generates, but also threatens, agonistic, glory-seeking ancient Greek cultures.

Randolph Roth at Ohio State University called the book "a profound and timeless study of the psychological consequences of being raised in a martial society that values the defense of honor – personal and collective – above all else."

— By Anne Bromley

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