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Myth, Ritual, and the Warrior in Roman and Indo-european Antiquity,9781107022409
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Myth, Ritual, and the Warrior in Roman and Indo-european Antiquity



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This book examines the figure of the returning warrior as depicted in the myths of several ancient and medieval Indo-European cultures. In these cultures, the returning warrior was often portrayed as a figure rendered dysfunctionally destructive or isolationist by the horrors of combat. This mythic portrayal of the returned warrior is consistent with modern studies of similar behavior among soldiers returning from war. Roger Woodard's research identifies a common origin of these myths in the ancestral proto-Indo-European culture, in which rites were enacted to enable warriors to reintegrate themselves as functional members of society. He also compares the Italic, Indo-Iranian, and Celtic mythic traditions surrounding the warrior, paying particular attention to Roman myth and ritual, notably to the etiologies and rites of the July festivals of the Poplifugia and Nonae Caprotinae, and to the October rites of the Sororium Tigillum.

Table of Contents

People flee
And Romulus disappears
At the shrines of Vulcan
Where space varies
Warriors in crisis
Structures: matrix and continuum
Remote spaces
Erotic women and the (un)averted gaze
Clairvoyant women
Watery spaces
Return to order
Further conclusions and interpretations
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