A comparison of the roles of the hero and the seductress in the Tain bo cuailgne and the Iliad
By Mark A. Hayes
Honours BA Thesis, Ball State University, 1994
Abstract: This paper attempts to redefine the role of the “hero” in ancient Western epic poetry, focusing specifically on the Iliad of Homer and the Irish epic the Tain Bo Cuailgne, by focusing on the maintenance of a hierarchy of loyalties. Similarly, this paper demonstrates the need to expand the traditional conception of the epic seductress. Ultimately, the paper concludes with a brief cross-cultural comparison of ancient Greece and Ireland based on information extracted by employing the revised definitions suggested in this paper.