In Sanctified Violence in Homeric Society, Margo Kitts focuses on oath-making narratives found in the Iliad through which she articulates a theory of ritualized violence. She analyzes ritual paradigms, metaphors, fictions, and poetic registers as oath-making principles, which she then traces through Homeric references and texts from the ancient New East. Discussing ritual features that are common to acts of religious violence throughout the world, Kitts makes use of the theory of ritual performance as communication.
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Author Biography - Margo Kitts
Margo Kitts is lecturer at Iowa State University. A scholar of ancient Near Eastern religions, she has contributed to History of Religions, Literature and Theory, Journal of Ritual Studies, and Metis.