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Theseus and Athens - Henry John Walker

Hardcover Published: 19th January 1995
ISBN: 9780195089080
Number Of Pages: 240

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Theseus is celebrated as the greatest of Athenian heroes. This work explores what he meant to the Athenians at the height of their city-state in the fifth century B.C. Assembling material that has been scattered in scholarly works, Henry Walker examines the evidence for the development of the myth and cult of Theseus in the archaic age. He then looks to major works of classical literature in which Theseus figures, exploring the contradictions between the archaic, primitive side of his character and his refurbished image as the patron of democracy. His ambiguous nature as outsider, flouting accepted standards of behavior, while at the same time being a hero-king and a representative of higher ideals, is analyzed through his representations in the work of Bacchylides, Euripides, and Sophocles. This is the only work of scholarship that examines the literary representation of Theseus so thoroughly. It brings to life a literary character whose virtues, flaws, and contradictions belong in no less a degree to his creators, the people of Athens.

"A worthwhile book, and essential for an understanding of the current scholarship on Theseus."--Religious Studies Review "This book should be considered a success overall, for it provides a readable, comprehensive treatment of a subject that deserves attention, and advances a number of defensible and interesting readings of both literature and history....Theseus and Athens covers a broad subject intelligently and infomatively, and has much to offer readers from the advanced undergraduate to the professional level. It is a welcome book."--Bryn Mawr Classical Review "Through the quality of its scholarship, through the thoroughness of its detailed analyses, through the clarity of its style, this work certainly deserves high marks."--The Journal of Indo-European Studies "A worthwhile book, and essential for an understanding of the current scholarship on Theseus."--Religious Studies Review "This book should be considered a success overall, for it provides a readable, comprehensive treatment of a subject that deserves attention, and advances a number of defensible and interesting readings of both literature and history....Theseus and Athens covers a broad subject intelligently and infomatively, and has much to offer readers from the advanced undergraduate to the professional level. It is a welcome book."--Bryn Mawr Classical Review "Through the quality of its scholarship, through the thoroughness of its detailed analyses, through the clarity of its style, this work certainly deserves high marks."--The Journal of Indo-European Studies

Myth and Ritual: Hero Worship in Greece and the Origins of the Theseus Mythp. 3
Kings and Republicsp. 3
Greek Heroesp. 4
The Origins of the Myth of Theseusp. 9
The Myth of Theseusp. 15
The Cult of Theseusp. 20
Benevolent Dictators and the Paradox of a Democratic Kingp. 35
Theseus and the Peisistratidsp. 35
Hero Worship and Tyrannyp. 47
Theseus and Cleisthenes' Democracyp. 50
Cimon and Theseusp. 55
Athenian Myth and Ionian Sciencep. 61
Theseus in Periclean Athensp. 64
The Trozenian Outsiderp. 83
Bacchylides 17: The Man from the Seap. 84
Bacchylides 18: Ephebe and Foreignerp. 94
The Hero-Kingp. 113
Euripides' Hippolytus: Exorcising the Ghost of Monarchyp. 113
Euripides' Madness of Heracles: An Old-fashioned Herop. 127
The Democratic Rulerp. 143
The Royal Democracyp. 143
The Democratic Monarch of Euripides' Suppliant Womenp. 146
Theseus at Colonusp. 171
King and Country in Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonusp. 171
Theseus Enters Historyp. 195
Thucydidesp. 195
Hellanicusp. 199
Bibliographyp. 207
Indexp. 217
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ISBN: 9780195089080
ISBN-10: 0195089081
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 19th January 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.49