1st Edition

Resemblance and Reality in Greek Thought
Essays in Honor of Peter M. Smith





ISBN 9780367875053
Published December 19, 2019 by Routledge
290 Pages

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Book Description

Resemblance and Reality in Greek Thought follows the construction of reality from Homer into the Hellenistic era and beyond. Not only in didactic poetry or philosophical works but in practically all genres from the time of Homer onwards, Greek literature has shown an awareness of the relationship between verbal art and the social, historical, or cultural reality that produces it, an awareness that this relationship is an approximate one at best and a distorting one at worst. This central theme of resemblance and its relationship to reality draws together essays on a range of Greek authors, and shows how they are unified or allied in posing similar questions to classical literature.

Table of Contents

Contents





Paideia



By Sue Guiney





Contributors





Introduction: Resemblance and Reality as Interpretive Lens



By Arum Park and Mary Pendergraft





Part One



Poetry: Verbal Resemblance as Incomplete Reality



Chapter 1: Mētis on a Mission: Unreliable Narration and the Perils of Cunning in Odyssey 9



By Peter Aicher





Chapter 2: Little Things Mean a Lot: Odysseus’ Scar and Eurycleia’s Memory



By Jeffrey Beneker





Chapter 3: Failure of the Textual Relation: Anacreon’s Purple Ball Poem (PMG 358)



By T. H. M. Gellar-Goad





Chapter 4: Reality, Illusion, or Both? Cloud-Women in Stesichorus and Pindar.



By Arum Park





Chapter 5: Neither Beast Nor Woman: Reconstructing Callisto in Callimachus’ Hymn to Zeus



By Keyne Cheshire





Part Two



Greek Tragedy: Reality, Expectation, Tradition



Chapter 6: Necessity and Universal Reality: The Use of XPH in Aeschylus



By David C.A. Wiltshire





Chapter 7: The Arms of Achilles: Tradition and Mythmaking in Sophocles’ Philoctetes



By Sheila Murnaghan





Chapter 8: The Bad Place: The Horrific House of Euripides’ Heracles



By Derek Smith Keyser





Chapter 9: The "Hymn to Zeus" (Agamemnon 160-83) and Reasoning from Resemblances



By Edwin Carawan





Part Three



Greek Prose: Reality and Appearances



Chapter 10: Stereotypes as Faulty Resemblance: Humorous Deception and Ethnography in Herodotus



By Mark C. Mash





Chapter 11: The Rational Religion of Xenophon’s Socrates



By David Johnson





Chapter 12: Wives, Subjects, Sons, and Lovers: Phthonos and Resemblance in Xenophon’s Cyropaedia



By Norman Sandri

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Biography

Arum Park is Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on Archaic and Classical Greek poetry, but she has published on a wide range of authors, including Hesiod, Pindar, Ovid, and Longus. Her current book project, supported by a 2012-13 fellowship from the Center for Hellenic Studies, treats the concepts of truth, gender, and genre in Pindar and Aeschylus.