Sophocles and Alcibiades: Athenian Politics in Ancient Greek Literature
Michael J. Vickers
Literary historians have lengthy held the view that the performs of the Greek dramatist, Sophocles deal basically with archetypes of the heroic prior and that any resemblance to modern occasions or members is solely coincidental. during this ebook, Michael Vickers demanding situations this view and argues that Sophocles makes typical and wide allusion to Athenian politics in his performs, specifically to Alcibiades, some of the most debatable Athenian politicians of his day.Vickers indicates that Sophocles was once no closeted highbrow yet a guy deeply interested in politics and he reminds us that Athenian politics used to be intensely own. He argues cogently that classical writers hired hidden meanings and that consciously or sub-consciously, Sophocles was once projecting onto his performs tricks of latest occasions or incidents, typically of a political nature, hoping that his audience's ardour for politics may increase the recognition of his performs. Vickers strengthens his case approximately Sophocles by way of discussing different authors - Thucydides, Plato and Euripides - in whom he additionally demonstrates a physique of allusions to Alcibiades and others.
Paradigm of irrelevant behaviour,68 and if Antigone does “come ahead” as Alcibiades, Creon’s strains at 482–3 are major. Antigone’s crimes are stated through Creon there to be twofold: the unique act of ὕβρις (insolence, wanton violence) and the truth that she exulted in what she had performed, and laughed (cf. γελᾶν) approximately it afterwards. at the one hand, “Alcibiades … used to be of all Athenians, the main infamous for numerous sorts of hybris”,69 and at the different was once susceptible to take not anything seriously,.
Antigone as heroine and protagonist).73 they're extra usually defended, notwithstanding, yet usually with tortuous logic.74 but when seventy one. This last-mentioned hole in scholarship is now being crammed. Dr Daphne Briggs, a baby psychotherapist, and that i gave a paper to the Oxford heritage of adolescence Seminar within the autumn of 2004 (“Juvenile Crime, Aggression and Abuse in Classical Antiquity: A Case Study”, in youngsters and Sexuality: The Greeks to the good struggle, G. Rousseau [ed.], 41–64 [Basingstoke: Palgrave.
19; Lefèvre, Die Unfähigkeit, sich zu erkennen, 273 n.177. 14. See Ugolini, Sofocle e Atene, ch. eleven: “Il ritorno di Alcibiade”. 15. Hatzfeld, Alcibiade, 277; Munn, the varsity of heritage, 163. sixteen. Ugolini, Sofocle e Atene, 206–8. 17. Vickers, “Alcibiades and Melos”; bankruptcy nine, under. sixty two philoctetes, alcibiades, andocides and pericles Neoptolemus takes Diomedes’ position within the Philoctetes, simply as Alcibiades it appears usurped the ancient Diomedes’ position at Olympia. He doesn't, as has been.
talents, which have been most likely being hired, even supposing ineffectually, at Athens in c.409 bce. Andocides used to be μισόδημος καὶ ὀλιγαρχικός (Plut. Alc. 21.2), and the deceits practised by way of Athenian oligarchs within the instances on the finish of the 5th century are good known.57 “Gain” recollects Andocides’ present mercantile function. The invocation to Hermes that Odysseus makes on his go out (133) is ironic, given fifty four. W. ok. Pritchett, “The Attic Stelai”, Hesperia 22 (1953), 225–99, esp. 265. fifty five. W. ok. Pritchett,.
Phrynichus’ superb of a thousand drachmae for lowering an viewers 24. Cf. R. Stoneman, Alexander the good: A lifestyles in Legend (London: Yale college Press, 2008). 25. P. E. Easterling, “Philoctetes and glossy Criticism”, Illinois Classical reports three (1978), 27–38, esp. 27; reprinted in Oxford Readings in Greek Tragedy, E. Segal (ed.), 217–28 (Oxford: Oxford college Press, 1983). 26. E. D. Francis, “Greeks and Persians: The paintings of risk and Triumph”, in historic Persia, the paintings of an Empire, D.