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Anton Bierl

danger and put into question. 5 The poem can, to some extent, be read as an epic episode taken from the heroic saga, one that problematizes the overdoing of agonistic behavior. The role of the competition between Agamemnon and Achilles in the main plot of the Iliad is well known. The present paper

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Cynthia Damon and Christoph Pieper

how Achilles acts ‘out of character’ in restraining excessively agonistic behavior by concessions, arbitration, and generosity. The detailed description of the chariot race, in Bierl’s reading, provides a mise en abyme reflection of and contrast to events that occurred earlier in the poem, and the