The Justice of Zeus

The Justice of Zeus

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By (author) Hugh Lloyd-Jones


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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Paperback | 237 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 201mm x 20mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 1 April 1984
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520046889
  • ISBN 13: 9780520046887
  • Edition: 2, New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 587,300

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"Lloyd-Jones here considers, in its general character, the outlook of early Greek religion from the Homeric poems to the end of the fifth century, through and analysis of what he takes to be its central constituent, the concept of Dike. The "justice of Zeus" turns out to be two things, the first basic, the second subsidiary: (1) something like natural law or "the divinely appointed order of the universe," an order not always or even usually open to human scrutiny, and (2) moral law, a concession to the insignificant creatures of a day that men are, whereby Zeus "punishes, late or soon, a man who has done injustice to another, either in his own person or in that of his descendants." Because Lloyd-Jones sees the first and basic notion of Dike as the prerequisite of the later rational speculation to which it led (smoothly and without violent discontinuities, as he claims), his book assumes the dimensions of Kulturgeschichte Griechenlands, and becomes the latest in a small but distinguished list of works with similarly broad scope..." From: Review The Justice of Zeus by Hugh Lloyd-Jones Review by: John Peradotto The Classical Journal Volume 70, Number 3 (Feb. - Mar., 1975) , pp. 61-68 Published by: The Classical Association of the Middle West and South.

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Sir Peter Hugh Jefferd Lloyd-Jones FBA (21 September 1922 - 5 October 2009) was a British classical scholar and Regius Professor of Greek at Oxford.

Table of contents

Preface Principal Abbreviations Used I The Iliad II The Odyssey: Hesiod: Early Lyric III Pollution and Purification: Herodotus IV Presocratic Thinkers: Aeschlus V Sophocles VI The Sophists: Thucydides: Euripides VII Conclusions Notes Glossary Addenda Index of Modern Authors General Index