By Edith Hall
Incest, polygamy, homicide, sacrilege, impalement, castration, girl strength, and despotism are many of the photographs utilized by Athenian tragedians to outline the non-Greek, "barbarian" global. This e-book explains for the 1st time the explanations in the back of their singular fascination with barbarians. Edith corridor units the Greek performs opposed to the historic history of the Panhellenic wars, and the institution of an Athenian empire in accordance with democracy and slavery. Analyzed in the context of latest anthropology and political philosophy, corridor unearths how the poets conceptualized the barbarian because the detrimental embodiment of Athenian civic beliefs. She compares the therapy of foreigners in Homer and in tragedy, displaying that the hot size which the belief of the barbarian had dropped at the tragic theater appreciably affected the poets' interpretation of fable and their evocation of the far away earlier, in addition to enriching their reportoire of aural and visible results. corridor argues that the invented barbarian of the tragic degree was once a robust cultural expression of Greek xenophobia and chauvinism that, mockingly, produced and outburst of inventive power and literary innovation.
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On the Odyssey's fascination wit h Egypt and Egyptian hospitaliry, sce Stephanie West 1988, pp. 192,201 -3,206-7. 16 Setting the Stage If the corner-stone of the conceptual polarization of Greek and barbarian was political, and if the re was no foreshadowing ofa political distinction berween Greeks and non-Greeks in the archa ic thought world, chen it musc have been more than the simple fact of the collective Greek repuIse of Darius and Xerxes which forced the new ideology into flower. " This m ust be direcrly referred to the new Athenian vision of the polis.
633), in the exceptionally bitte r speech on the seizure of Helen made by Menelaus over Peisander's corpse. There are also a few epithets occurring on very rare occasions which are difficult to assess because their huper - prefix could indicate either an excessof pride or spirit or a laudable courage (huperphialos and huperênoreontes , once only). 'Great-spirited' (huperthumos), on the other hand , is relatively frequent (seven occurrences) but is not confined to the T rojan side, and anyway seems to be approximately synonymous wirh megathumos though metrically diverse, thereby fInding its way inro different formulaic structures.
93a. 6 IEG). He also invokes the drinking habits of the Thracians and Phrygians to illustrate an obscenity (42 IEG). " Sappho's girlfriends wear Lydian Iashions and consort with Lydian high society (39. 2-3; 98a. roII PLF); Alcaeus is interested in the political possibilities of relations with the Lydians, for his faction received financial support from the mainland (fr. 69 PLF). Anacreon's poetry eroticizes Thracian adolescents (417. r, 422 PMG), and characterizes the symposiastic habits of Scythia as uncouth (356b.
Inventing the Barbarian: Greek Self-Definition through Tragedy (Oxford Classical Monographs) by Edith Hall