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Theseus and Athens

Author: Henry J Walker
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.
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Theseus is celebrated as the greatest of Athenian heroes. Using an anthropological approach to Greek religion and society, Henry John Walker explores the world of Greek literature, myth, and political ideology to determine what Theseus meant to the Athenians at the height of their city-state in the fifth century B.C. Assembling material that has previously been scattered in scholarly works, Walker presents the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Walker, Henry J., 1959-
Theseus and Athens.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1995
(OCoLC)622190638
Named Person: Theseus, King of Athens; Theseus, King of Athens.; Thésée, (mythologie grecque)
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Henry J Walker
ISBN: 0195089081 9780195089080
OCLC Number: 29468863
Description: x, 224 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Myth and Ritual: Hero Worship in Greece and the Origins of the Theseus Myth. Kings and Republics. Greek Heroes. The Origins of the Myth of Theseus. The Myth of Theseus. The Cult of Theseus --
2. Benevolent Dictators and the Paradox of a Democratic King. Theseus and the Peisistratids. Hero Worship and Tyranny. Theseus and Cleisthenes' Democracy. Cimon and Theseus. Athenian Myth and Ionian Science. Theseus in Periclean Athens --
3. The Trozenian Outsider. Bacchylides 17: The Man from the Sea. Bacchylides 18: Ephebe and Foreigner --
4. The Hero-King. Euripides' Hippolytus: Exorcising the Ghost of Monarchy. Euripides' Madness of Heracles: An Old-fashioned Hero --
5. The Democratic Ruler. The Royal Democracy. The Democratic Monarch of Euripides' Suppliant Women --
6. Theseus at Colonus. King and Country in Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus --
7. Theseus Enters History. Thucydides. Hellanicus.
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This work explores what Theseus, the greatest Athenian hero, meant to the Athenians at the height of their city-state in the 5th century BC. Assembling material scattered throughout the classical  Read more...

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A worthwhile book, and essential for an understanding of the current scholarship on Theseus. * Religious Studies Review *

 
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