By David Gribble
Alcibiades (c. 450-404 BC)--general, statesman, followed son of Pericles, lover of Socrates, profaner of the Mysteries-- used to be referred to as by means of a few the saviour of Athens and by way of others its maximum enemy. This ebook is a examine of the explosive mix of worry and fascination he excited in his contemporaries and in classical texts. It examines the intense pressure among the classical urban and the person of superlative strength, prestige, and ambition.
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Extra info for Alcibiades and Athens: A Study in Literary Presentation (Oxford Classical Monographs)
Even while serving as a general, Alcibiades still wanted to be kalos (e). ). So Alcibiades’ ‘beauty’ is closely related to a feminizing effeteness: he is ‘admired not only by men, but also by women’ (c). Satyrus’ version (Ath. b) of the topos of Alcibiades’ ability to adapt himself to the ways of his immediate associates is used this time to underline Alcibiades’ ‘Ionian’ luxury: ‘in Ionia, he was more luxurious than the Ionians’ (in Nepos’ version of the story, there is no mention of a visit to Ionia).
46 Plut. Alc. . –; Ath. d. The iconography can be paralleled (van Blanckenhagen (); Boardman (: no. ) ), and the story may have been inspired by a real work of art. Russell (: ) suspects a comic source. 43 44 Élite Individual and Democratic City military campaign. Even the serious and public is annexed to a life of frivolous luxury. 48 In Athenaeus-Satyrus, the story of the gifts provided by the cities, ‘whom Alcibiades used as though they were his maidservants .
A –b ) is discussed in Ch. below. According to Plutarch (Alc. . , Alcibiades preferred to base his influence with the demos solely on the charm of his speech. This leads Connor (: ) to conclude that Alcibiades had ‘mastered the new politics’. In other respects, Alcibiades looks more like one of Connor’s ‘old’ politicians (cf. Connor : , ). 24 Lane Fox (: ). 22 23 Élite Individual and Democratic City imitate their habits, that the Persians themselves greatly admired the way he mastered them.
Alcibiades and Athens: A Study in Literary Presentation (Oxford Classical Monographs) by David Gribble