The Waking Dream of T. E. Lawrence: Essays on His Life, by Charles M. Stang (eds.)

By Charles M. Stang (eds.)

Since the top of the 1st international battle, the legend of 'Lawrence of Arabia' has loved a lot foreign money within the renowned mind's eye of the West. at the back of this legend, in spite of the fact that, is a guy, Thomas Edward Lawrence, tortured and impressive, a guy whose existence and literature replicate the trendy awareness and the battle that indelibly marked it. the following during this quantity are essays which search to deal with what has been ignored by way of the legend and to higher comprehend the legacy of his presence within the 20th century. individuals discover Lawrence's relation to different significant writers of his time, the colonial and postcolonial implications of his hyperlink with Arabia, his sexuality, and his prestige as cultural icon.

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2 Passages like this, where moral failure and anguish reward the aspirant fighter, abound in Seven Pillars of Wisdom. In light of them, where conquerors are made slaves, what prevents readers from thinking that Lawrence’s formal, titular presentation of the book as a “triumph” should be thought of as anything more than learnedly sarcastic self-abasement? What, if anything, of the conquering Roman victor’s ceremoniously ambiguous glory does Lawrence’s tale preserve for him and for his readers? Costly and elaborate ornamentation of the military narrative, for one thing, including paintings.

36 Systematic falsification and fraud—these sound very much like Plutarch’s general criticism of Herodotus. But let us take a more specific example from Plutarch. He claims that Herodotus is guilty of attributing the glorious successes of the Greeks to, among other ignoble factors, the influence of money. He has in mind here Herodotus’ account of Themistocles, the great Athenian hero of the Persian Wars, who he claims only reluctantly and only with a substantial bribe agreed to have his fleet meet the Persians at the battle of Artemisium.

In his short but compelling treatment of the Greek historians, T. J. 46 In his Histories, Herodotus indeed manages to weave together Homer’s two great subject matters: a narrative of an allimportant war, as in the Iliad, with a detailed description of foreign lands and peoples, as in the Odyssey. The form of Greek history also borrows from Homer: a narrative of events, detailed yet circumstantial, including most “Does Not Care” , 39 often what persons (including gods in Homer) did and said. Persons are the focus—individual actors, not institutions (military, religious, or political), social classes, economic forces, or cultural achievements.

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