Social Memory in Athenian Public Discourse
Uses and Meanings of the Past
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: University of Michigan Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
Prompted by the abundant historical allusions in Athenian political and diplomatic discourse, this book analyzes the uses and meanings of the past in fourth-century Athens, using Thebes’ role in Athenian memory as a case study. It explores how Athenians learned about their past and what this past meant to them. ...
Introduction: Objectives, Methods, Concepts
Though separated by more than twenty-three hundred years, these statements have a lot in common. All three speakers recall the past in order to persuade their audiences to adopt a particular view of the present. By equating the troops’ service in Iraq to the achievements of the “Greatest Generation,” ...
1. Carriers of Athenian Social Memory
In the introduction, I established a methodological framework that will allow me to study both how individual Athenians made use of the past within the complex Athenian memorial framework and to what extent these shared images of the past might have influenced the decision-making process in the Athenian assembly and the law courts. ...
2. Athens’ Counterimage: The Theban Medizers
A survey of the Attic orators and the speeches in Xenophon’s Hellenica shows that fourth-century allusions to events in the history of Athenian-Theban relations cluster around four particular episodes, each discussed in a separate chapter in this book: Thebes’ collaboration with the Persians in 480–479 (this chapter), ...
3. Mythical Precedent: Athenian Intervention for the Fallen Argives
In chapter 2, we saw how the Athenians, as a result of their experience of the Persian Wars, came to see themselves as champions of Greek liberty and to see their Theban neighbors as archetypical traitors who eagerly collaborated with the Persians. Athenians referred to Thebes’ medizing in two particular contexts. ...
4. A Precarious Memory: Theban Help for the Athenian Democrats
Throughout the fifth and fourth centuries, Athenian-Theban relations were mostly hostile. Athens fought against the Theban-led Boeotian League at the end of the sixth century to protect Plataea’s independence. During Xerxes’ invasion (480–479), the Pentecontaetia (479–431), and the Peloponnesian War (431–404), ...
5. Persistent Memories: The Proposed Eradication of Athens
In chapter 2, I analyzed historical references to Theban medizing in Athenian public discourse. I argued that in the process of memorialization, owing to the continuous Athenian-Theban enmity in the fifth century, Thebes’ medism became an essential part of the Athenian memory of the Persian Wars. ...
Twenty years ago, the history of classical Athenian institutions was dependent on the study of inscriptions and space. We were able then to discover, largely under the inspiration of Mogens Hansen, how many Athenians attended the ecclesia and how the law courts worked in relationship to the assembly. ...
Page Count: 464
Illustrations: 6 B&W illustrations
Publication Year: 2012
OCLC Number: 859687080
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