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Kinship Myth in Ancient Greece
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In ancient Greece, interstate relations, such as in the formation of alliances, calls for assistance, exchanges of citizenship, and territorial conquest, were often grounded in mythical kinship. In these cases, the common ancestor was most often a legendary figure from whom both communities claimed descent. In this detailed study, Lee E. Patterson elevates the current state of research on kinship myth to a consideration of the role it plays in the construction of political and cultural identity. He draws examples both from the literary and epigraphical records and shows the fundamental difference between the two. He also expands his study into the question of Greek credulity—how much of these founding myths did they actually believe, and how much was just a useful fiction for diplomatic relations? Of central importance is the authority the Greeks gave to myth, whether to elaborate narratives or to a simple acknowledgment of an ancestor. Most Greeks could readily accept ties of interstate kinship even when local origin narratives could not be reconciled smoothly or when myths used to explain the link between communities were only “discovered” upon the actual occasion of diplomacy, because such claims had been given authority in the collective memory of the Greeks.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. CONTENTS
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  1. ABBREVIATIONS
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Note on Translations and Transliterations
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  2. pp. XIII-XIV
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  1. Chapter One. KINSHIP AND CONSTRUCTED IDENTITIES: KINSHIP MYTH AND CREDULITY
  2. pp. 1-21
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  1. Chapter Two. CREDULITY AND HISTORICAL CAUSATION: WHERE DOES HISTORY BEGIN?
  2. pp. 22-44
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  1. Chapter Three. KINSHIP MYTH IN THE LITERARY SOURCES: Alliances and Assistance
  2. pp. 45-68
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  1. Chapter Four: KINSHIP MYTH IN THE LITERARY SOURCES: Conquests and Territorial Possession
  2. pp. 69-82
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  1. Chapter Five. ALEXANDER THE GREAT: THE MYTHOPOEIC MIND OF ALEXANDER
  2. pp. 83-108
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  1. Chapter Six. EPIGRAPHICAL EVIDENCE OF KINSHIP DIPLOMACY: Paradigmatic Inscriptions
  2. pp. 109-123
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  1. Chapter Seven. EPIGRAPHICAL EVIDENCE OF KINSHIP DIPLOMACY: Local Myths in Pausanias
  2. pp. 124-153
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  1. Chapter Eight. CONCLUSIONS
  2. pp. 154-164
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  1. Appendix One. THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT OF PLUTARCH, SOLON 8-10
  2. pp. 165-169
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  1. Appendix Two. GREEK MYTH AND MACEDONIAN IDENTITY
  2. pp. 170-173
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  1. Appendix Three.A TALE OF TWO PHOCI
  2. pp. 174-176
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 194-220
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  1. Chapter One.
  2. pp. 194-182
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  1. Chapter Two.
  2. pp. 182-188
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  1. Chapter Three.
  2. pp. 188-194
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  1. Chapter Four.
  2. pp. 194-198
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  1. Chapter Five.
  2. pp. 198-220
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  1. Chapter Six.
  2. pp. 204-208
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  1. Chapter Seven.
  2. pp. 208-214
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  1. Chapter Eight.
  2. pp. 215-215
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  1. Appendix One.
  2. pp. 215-216
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  1. Appendix Two.
  2. pp. 216-218
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  1. Appendix Three.
  2. pp. 218-220
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 221-234
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  1. Index Locorum
  2. pp. 235-246
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  1. General Index
  2. pp. 247-255
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