Intentional history : spinning time in ancient Greece /
edited by Lin Foxhall, Hans-Joachim Gehrke, Nino Luraghi.
Stuttgart : F. Steiner, 2010.
360 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
9783515096836 (alk. paper)
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Stuttgart : F. Steiner, 2010.
9783515096836 (alk. paper)
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Chiefly papers from a conference held Sept. 14-16, 2006 at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universit├Ąt Freiburg.
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Includes bibliographical references.
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The contributions assembled in this volume study the social function and functioning of notions and ideas about the past held by groups and individuals, with a special focus on ancient Greece but including comparative contributions on early China and on the function of the classical past in modern European culture. Special attention is devoted to the past as a foundation for collective identities and to the ways in which the goals and needs of specific groups impacted its representation and transmission. Contributions range in time from the archaic age to the Roman Empire, covering aspects such as the representation of the past in visual arts, the function of myth and its representation in literary and visual genres, the relationship of historiography to social memory, and the way that the past features in Greek religion. Monuments, literary texts, and inscriptions are investigated in order to reconstruct the rich texture of Greek social memory and its development over time.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 9
Representations of the past in Greek culturep. 15
Myth as past? On the temporal aspect of Greek depictions of legendp. 35
The Trojan War's reception in early Greek lyric, iambic and elegiac poetryp. 57
The Great rhetra (Plut. Lye. 6): a retrospective and intentional construct?p. 89
Collective identities, imagined past, and Delphip. 121
Fish heads and mussel-shells: visualizing Greek identityp. 137
Media for Theseus, or the different images of the Athenian polis-herop. 161
Ulterior motives in ancient historiography: what exactly, and why?p. 189
Tragic memories of Dionysosp. 211
Connecting with the pat in Lykourgan Athens: an epigraphic perspectivep. 225
Intentional history: Alexander, Demosthenes and Thebesp. 239
The demos as narrator: public honors and the construction of future and pastp. 247
God and king as synoikists: divine disposition and monarchic wishes combined in the traditions of city foundations for Alexander's and Hellenistic timesp. 265
"They that held Arkadia": Arcadian foundation myths as intentional history in Roman Imperial timesp. 273
Ethnography of the Nomads and "Barbarian" History in Han Chinap. 297
Beyond intentional history: a phenomenological model of the idea of historyp. 325
Constructing antiquity and modernity in the eighteenth century: distantiation, alterity, proximity, immanencyp. 341
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