Year: 1980 Source: Journal of Psychoanalytic Anthropology, v.3, no.4, (Fall 1980), p.379-401 SIEC No: 19832879

This article presents a psychoanalytic interpretation of aggression, suicide & murder in ancient Greece. The author argues that ancient Greek culture approved of killing in a warrior-hero context; critical poets & writers themselves inevitably propogated this approval in their own works; Thucydides was a spokesman for suicidal values; & the absence of a god of love may have been a result of the need to maintain coherence with the pervasive aggression present in this culture. (23 refs) (SC)