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Crooked Kings of Ancient Greece : The Barbarian West, AD 565-725 - Daniel Ogden

Crooked Kings of Ancient Greece

The Barbarian West, AD 565-725

Hardcover Published: 3rd April 1997
ISBN: 9780715627167
Number Of Pages: 256

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By comparing traditional narratives concerning archaic colonists and tyrants, Ogden shows that monarchic rulers in archaic Greece were often paradoxically conceptualized as deformed scapegoats or as evil malformed babies of sinister birth. This way of thinking helped to explain their extraordinary power, for they embodied in their twisted limbs a terrible pollution that enabled them to overthrow their communities. The author considers a diverse range of related themes, including the myth of Oedipus, the fables of Aesop, the meanings attached to monkeys, pigs and mice, demonic cooks, the characters of early farce, Spartan hairstyles, and the beginnings of Greek democracy and ostracism at Athens.

ISBN: 9780715627167
ISBN-10: 0715627163
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 3rd April 1997
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 1