The Black Hunter: Forms of Thought and Forms of Society in the Greek World

The Black Hunter: Forms of Thought and Forms of Society in the Greek World

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By (author) Pierre Vidal-Naquet, Translated by Andrew Szegedy-Maszak

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  • Publisher: JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 392 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 23mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 30 July 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Baltimore, MD
  • ISBN 10: 0801859514
  • ISBN 13: 9780801859519
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 2 black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 933,347

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"No one can fail to admire the brilliance of the connections Vidal-Naquet suggests ...Audacity has been characteristic of Vidal-Naquet's career from the start; it marked his activities as a historian engage in the political struggle; it is visible at work in every page of this book."-Bernard Knox, from the Foreword The black hunter travels through the mountains and forests of Greek mythology, living on the frontier of the city-state, of adulthood, of class, of ethics, of sexuality. Taking its title from this figure, The Black Hunter approaches the Greek world from its margins and charts the elaborate system of oppositions that pervaded Greek culture and society: cultivated and wild, citizen and foreigner, real and imaginary, god and man. Organizing his discussions around four principle themes-space and time; youth and warriors; women, slaves, and artisans; and the city of vision and of reality-Pierre Vidal-Naquet focuses on the congruence of the textual and the actual, on the patterns that link literary, philosophical, and historical works with such social activities as war, slavery, education, and commemoration. The Black Hunter probes the interplay of world view, language, and social practice "to bring into dialogue that which does not naturally communicate according to the usual criteria of historical judgement." "A brilliant demonstration of structural analysis and its usefulness in illuminating well-known texts and providing fresh insights ...What strikes the reader of this book is its daring, innovative interpretations. This is not a book that merely collects new information or synthesizes old views. It bursts into the heart of important themes and floods them with bright light."-Modern Greek Studies Yearbook "One of the liveliest intellects in the field ...There is a wealth of learning in this book; specialists ...will wish to consult individual articles while the general reader will not only learn but enjoy its contents and tenor."-Classical World "Excellent ...Vidal-Naquet's book is a gem. It will stimulate further thoughts, discussions and writings on the Greek politeia and politikon. It should be read by all those who are involved in classical and comparative studies. It puts into circulation a structuralist reading which is provocative and simultaneously rings true."-V. Y. Mudimbe, Journal of Ritual Studies

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Pierre Vidal-Naquet is director of the Centre de Recherches comparees sur les Societes Anciennes at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Among his many publications are Clisthene l' Athenien, with Pierre Leveque, and Mythe et Tragedie, with Jean-Pierre Vernant.

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Excellent... Vidal-Naquet's book is a gem. It will stimulate further thoughts, discussions and writings on the Greek politeia and politikon. It should be read by all those who are involved in classical and comparative studies. It puts into circulation a structuralist reading which is provocative and simultaneously rings true. Journal of Ritual Studies A brilliant demonstration of structural analysis and its usefulness in illuminating well-known texts and providing fresh insights... What strikes the reader of this book is its daring, innovative interpretations. This is not a book that merely collects new information or synthesizes old views. It bursts into the heart of important themes and floods them with bright light. Modern Greek Studies Yearbook One of the liveliest intellects in the field... There is a wealth of learning in this book; specialists... will wish to consult individual articles while the general reader will not only learn but enjoy its contents and tenor. Classical World