Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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p. vii

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Preface

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pp. ix-x

In the late 1980s Larry Joe Bennett and I began researching the Socrates of Plato’s Apology of Socrates as a pharmakos figure. Encountering resistance to our nonhistorical approach, we turned to Aristophanes’ Knights, whose underlying structure...

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Introduction

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p. xi

Squire Sancho may “make out a bloke on a donkey, brown like mine, with something shiny on his head,” but his master espies the enchanted helmet of the Moorish king Mambrino and has to have it for his own.1 With it, Don Quixote can become a knight...

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Chapter 1. Mimesis, Conflict, and Crisis

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pp. 1-40

In the Greek contest system, all men share, relative to their social position, the roles of subject and model, for all desire to possess all the goods of society for themselves, and anyone can be an object of envy. One aristocrat differs little from another, and they all...

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Chapter 2. Plato’s Victimary Culture

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pp. 41-72

Religious activities were embedded in every aspect of a Greek’s life. Children across Hellas had watched and participated in sacrificial processions as long as they could remember. Processions that led a victim to the god’s altar happened every day. Few thought...

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Chapter 3. Aristophanes’ Ready Victim

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pp. 73-90

When the Athenians returned to their city aft er the retreat of the Persians in 479 bce to find its walls, temples, and buildings razed, they wanted what any Greek would want: walls. Not all desire is mimetic.1 A hungry or thirsty person is not imitating the desire of another for food or drink. Th us protected by...

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Chapter 4. Foundation Murder

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pp. 91-150

Like other Greeks, Athenians valorized themselves through the τιμή paid them by others. Timê, the value placed upon or respect given to someone, is usually translated as “honor.” The more a man was valued because of his deeds in the fighting, the more he was honored by the community with gift s and prizes of...

Notes

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pp. 151-174

Bibliography

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pp. 175-184

Index

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pp. 185-189