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Fathers and Sons in Athens: Ideology and Society in the Era of the Peloponnesian War

Strauss, Barry

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ISBN 10: 0415041465 / ISBN 13: 9780415041461
Verlag: Routledge, 1993
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Titel: Fathers and Sons in Athens: Ideology and ...

Verlag: Routledge

Erscheinungsdatum: 1993

Einband: Hard Cover

Zustand:Very Good

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Good

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As history's first democracy, classical Athens invented political discourse. The Athenians, however, could not separate the political from the private sphere. Father-son relations, whether good or bad, were a major theme of public as well as private life. Perhaps most-often associated today with Sophocles' tragedy Oedipus , father-son conflict appears in a wide variety of Athenian texts: in the writings of other tragedians and comic playwrights (Euripides, Aristophanes), in oratory, in the myth of Athens' national hero, Theseus; even in the trial of Socrates. What is a historian to make of such widespread interest in the disquieting subjects of patricide, father-beating, murdering one's son, and intergenerational jealousy and political divisions? Professor Strauss argues that these themes are to be read as metaphors for the sweeping changes brought on by democracy, the sophists, and the Peloponnesian War - indeed on one level that war was conceived of as a struggle of fathers and sons. Thus family ideology had a powerful influence on the Athenian mind.


This work is exciting and important not only for its thesis but for the new and often exhilarating way in which we see language and history and texts combined and interpreted. -- Thomas M. Falkner, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Particularly noteworthy is Strauss's lucid demonstration of how the rhetoric of familial breakdown informed political discourse in the wake of the disastrous Athenian defeat in Sicily. . . . One of the most original and interesting works on classical Athens to appear in years. -- Stanley M. Burstein, The Historian

The best study in print of father-son relations in Athens. -- James M. Williams, History: Reviews of New Books

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