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Shanower, Eric: "Trojan Lovers and Warriors. The Power of Seduction in Age of Bronze." In: Seduction and Power. Antiquity in the Visual and Performing Arts. Hrsg. v. Silke Knippschild und Marta García Morcillo. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013, S. 57–70. 
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Resource type: Book Article
Languages: English
BibTeX citation key: Shanower2013
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Keywords: "Age of Bronze", Classical antiquity, Sexuality, Shanower. Eric, USA
Creators: García Morcillo, Knippschild, Shanower
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (New York)
Collection: Seduction and Power. Antiquity in the Visual and Performing Arts
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Age of Bronze is the comics art version of the story of the Trojan War. It combines into one coherent storyline as many sources of the story as possible, from the oldest version of the story, Homer’s Iliad, to the present. Age of Bronze attempts to present the story in the proper historical setting, the Aegean Late Bronze Age. An instance of sexual seduction underpins the entire story of the Trojan War: the seduction of Helen, wife of King Menelaus of Sparta, by the Trojan prince Paris. Other instances involving varying degrees of sexual seduction are important early in the story: Paris’s seduction of the nymph Oenone, Herakles’s capture of the Trojan princess Hesione, and Achilles’s rape of his quasi-sister Deidamia. Power is also as seductive as sex in the story of the Trojan War. High King Agamemnon is willing to condemn his eldest daughter to death in order to achieve military victory over Troy. Odysseus of Ithaka, at first unwilling to join the Achaean army against Troy, finds himself caught up in the strategy of the war and enjoys it. And Trojan Pandarus uses his niece Cressida as a pawn in a game involving both power and sexual seduction in order to insure his own safety. This paper compares and contrasts these different elements of the Trojan War story, while showing how they weave together to create the epic we know today.
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