From Villain to Hero

From Villain to Hero : Odysseus in Ancient Thought

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From Villain to Hero explores the reception of Odysseus in philosophy from the Socratics to the Middle Platonists. She reveals the process whereby Odysseus became a model of wisdom for Socrates and his followers, for Cynics and Stoics, as well as for later Platonic thinkers, despite Homer's emphasis on his cunning and his portrayal in Attic tragedy as a villain.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 228 pages
  • 160.02 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 498.95g
  • The University of Michigan Press
  • Ann Arbor, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0472117742
  • 9780472117741
  • 1,125,311

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"Montiglio's contribution to the crowded field of Odysseus studies is to trace, in far more detail and depth than has been donebefore, the evidence for thr reception of Odysseus in specifically philosophical ancient sources." Emily Wilson, "Times Literary Supplement" --Emily Wilson"TLS" (10/05/2012)"

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About Silvia Montiglio

Silvia Montiglio is Basil L. Gildersleeve Professor of Classics at Johns Hopkins University. She has published widely on the early Greek world, including books on Homeric literature and Archaic Greece.

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