Violence in "The Song of Roland" and Greek Mythology
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The paper looks at "The Song of Roland" and discusses how the violence expressed in this work is striking in terms of what it says about the religious sensibilities of the age - and in terms of what it says about the social obligations of the warrior class alive during the eighth and ninth centuries in what is today France. Further, the paper contrasts this with the way in which violence is treated in Greek mythology, most notably in the "Iliad". Here, it is argued that thoughts of chivalry and idealistic notions about spreading the word of God were of lesser import than practical considerations such as protecting crops and gaining tribute. More than that, and this ties into the entire notion of chivalry, the most prominent heroes of ancient Greek warfare were often cowardly, selfish, dishonest and eager for spoils - but not necessarily for the sacrifices of war. In the final analysis, the paper concludes that violence has always been a part of the fabric of western civilization, but the manner in which it is approached by the ancient Greeks and by their Frankish descendants is surprisingly different.
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