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    DescriptionTheseus is celebrated as the greatest of Athenian heroes. This work explores what he meant to the Athenians at the height of their city-state in the fifth century B.C. Assembling material that has been scattered in scholarly works, Henry Walker examines the evidence for the development of the myth and cult of Theseus in the archaic age. He then looks to major works of classical literature in which Theseus figures, exploring the contradictions between the archaic, primitive side of his character and his refurbished image as the patron of democracy. His ambiguous nature as outsider, flouting accepted standards of behavior, while at the same time being a hero-king and a representative of higher ideals, is analysed through his representations in the work of Bacchylides, Euripides, and Sophocles. This is the only work of scholarship that examines the literary representation of Theseus so thoroughly. It brings to life a literary character whose virtues, flaws, and contradictions belong in no less a degree to his creators, the people of Athens.


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    Title
    Theseus and Athens
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Henry J. Walker
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 159 mm
    Height: 242 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 542 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780195089080
    ISBN 10: 0195089081
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: CUS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.7
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JFHF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CULT/GREECE
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15490
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    B&T General Subject: 227
    BISAC V2.8: POL010000, HIS002010, LIT004190
    B&T Approval Code: A24204000
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: COM051000
    LC subject heading:
    DC20: 938.5
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAG
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: PA3015.R5T
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 880.9/351, 880.9351
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: PA3015.R5 T478 1995
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: JBGB, JPA, NHD, NHC
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    19 January 1995
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    "A worthwhile book, and essential for an understanding of the current scholarship on Theseus."--Religious Studies Review"This book should be considered a success overall, for it provides a readable, comprehensive treatment of a subject that deserves attention, and advances a number of defensible and interesting readings of both literature and history....Theseus and Athens covers a broad subject intelligently and infomatively, and has much to offer readers from the advanced undergraduate to the professional level. It is a welcome book."--Bryn Mawr Classical Review"Through the quality of its scholarship, through the thoroughness of its detailed analyses, through the clarity of its style, this work certainly deserves high marks."--The Journal of Indo-European Studies
    Back cover copy
    Theseus is celebrated as the greatest of Athenian heroes. Using an anthropological approach to Greek religion and society, Henry John Walker explores the world of Greek literature, myth, and political ideology to determine what Theseus meant to the Athenians at the height of their city-state in the fifth century B.C. Assembling material that has previously been scattered in scholarly works, Walker presents the evidence for the development of the myth and cult of Theseus in the archaic age. He then looks to major works of classical literature in which Theseus figures, probing the contradictions between the archaic, primitive side of his character and his refurbished image as the patron of democracy. His ambiguous nature as outsider, flouting accepted standards of behavior, while at the same time being a hero-king and a representative of higher ideals, is analyzed through his representations in the works of Bacchylides, Euripides, and Sophocles.