Patterns of the Past: Epitedeumata in the Greek Tradition

ISBN : 9780199668885

Alfonso Moreno; Rosalind Thomas
288 Pages
148 x 226 mm
Pub date
Nov 2014
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Classical Greek consistently uses epitedeumata to signify 'way of life' or even 'everyday habits', but always refers to practices that are deliberately pursued, not traditions and customs that are passively carried on. In this volume, an international group of leading academics undertake an examination of epitedeumata in Greek history, looking at cultural practices as acts which relate meaningfully to perceived sequences of past acts. In doing so, the contributors ask what kinds of attitudes the ancient Greeks had towards their past, and what behaviour such attitudes provoked. Each of the original contributions to this collection focuses on different kinds of epitedeumata as act patterns in the Greek world, incorporating religion and myth, political behaviour, sexuality, and historiography.


1. Introduction
2. The Trojan Horse: Between Athena and Artemis
3. Rediscovering Sacadas
4. The Early Greek Trophy: The Iconographic Tradition of Time and Space
5. The Cunning Tyrant: The Cultural Logic of a Narrative Pattern
6. Political Traditions in Democratic Athens
7. Past it at Thirty: Legs and Running in Ancient Greek Culture
8. The Greek Polis and the Tradition of Polis History: Local History, Chronicles, and the Patterning of the Past
9. Seeing Double in Seleucid Babylonia: Re-reading the Borsippa Cylinder of Antiochus I
10. Theopompus and the Tradition of Greek Paideutic History
11. Agariste's Suitors: An Olympic Note
12. The Pleasure of Intellectual Friendship
Appendix: Oswyn Murry - Publications

About the author: 

Alfonso Moreno is Andrew and Randall Crawley Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History at Magdalen College, University of Oxford.; Rosalind Thomas is Dyson and McGregor Fellow in Ancient History and Professor in Greek History at Balliol College, University of Oxford.

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