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Fathers and Sons in Athens

Ideology and Society in the Era of the Peloponnesian War

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Fathers and Sons in Athens by Barry Strauss
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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.
Release date Australia
September 16th, 1993
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Routledge
Pages
304
Dimensions
138x216x21
ISBN-13
9780415041461
Product ID
1860608

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