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

Fathers and Sons in Athens

Ideology and Society in the Era of the Peloponnesian War

Hardcover Published: 16th September 1993
ISBN: 9780415041461
Number Of Pages: 304

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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.

Introduction: Solidarity or Conflict?
Intellectual Paternity, Appendix A: Patrios and Pater
Solidarity: Proud Fathers Obedient Sons
Conflict: The Sons of Theseus
The Hour of the Son, ca. 450-415 B.C.
The Return of the Father, 413-399 B.C.
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ISBN: 9780415041461
ISBN-10: 0415041465
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 16th September 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 1