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The Homeric Legends: The Warriors’ Returns

Mythologist Joseph Campbell explores the nostoi or homecomings of the Greek heroes from the Trojan War and the events of the Iliad — the most famous of which is Agammemnon’s. He explores the tension between the patriarchal principles of the warrior heroes and the matrilineal principles of their homelands.

For more on myths of the hero’s return, on the nostoi, and on the tension between the patriarchal and the matrilineal principles, see The Hero with a Thousand Faces ( and Goddess: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine (


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