This study examines primary texts such as the "Iliad" and "Cyropaedia" to set the viewing parameters of Athenian ideology, then considers how heroes like Oedipus and Iphigenia might "look like heroes" to their original audience. This "affective hero", unlike the structuralist hero, reflects the audience's self-image back onto itself and reveals surprising insights into culture.
Foreword; Author's Foreword; Part I; 1. Introduction, or, The Affective Fallacy Redeemed; 2. A Short Social History of Athens, or, Pallikari Meets "Father Knows Best"; 3. The Affective Hero, or, Why Shane Can't Come Back but Oedipus Has To; Part II; 4. The Triumph of Dike, or, The Heroic Choice; 5. Falling Heroes, or, When Heroes Come Home; 6. Fallen Heroes, or, The Hero Goes Home; 7. The Triumph of Tyche, or, Clytemnestra's Vision; Epilogue: "Heroes: The Final Chapter", or, The Rule of the Muscle Shirt Works Cited; Index.