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Johan Tralau, born 1972, is Professor of Government. His current research interests include the origins of political philosophy in ancient Greece, Homer, Hesiod, Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, metaphors and monsters in Thomas Hobbes, and developing a normative theory of courtesy. In 2013, the Swedish Academy awarded him the Johan Lundblad Prize in classical philology and ancient history. A very long time ago, he and his team, the Stockholm Mean Machines, became Swedish champions in American football. His book Monstret i mig. Myter om gränser och vilddjur (2015) is about monsters in myths – the Minotaur, Centaurs, Heracles, violence, hunting, war, the most fundamental prohibition in the history of human societies, Egyptian mice, bulls, eyes, cannibalism, wolf men, a river that runs in the wrong direction, and other things. In November 2018 his most recent book was published, Havets väldiga ryggar. Offret och de flytande bildernas gåta (Lund: Ellerströms). It is about the sea, bathing, waves, bloody sacrifice, the foundations of societies, community, metaphors, Homer, Aeschylus and Euripides.
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