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Author Gribble, David.

Title Alcibiades and Athens : a study in literary presentation / David Gribble.

Published Oxford [England] ; New York : Clarendon Press, 1999.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  880.91 GRIB    AVAILABLE
Physical description ix, 304 pages ; 23 cm.
Series Oxford classical monographs.
Oxford classical monographs.
Notes Revision of the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--Oxford, 1994.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [283]-296) and indexes.
Contents 1. Elite Individual and Democratic City -- 2. Rhetorical Works -- Appendix 1. Lost Speeches -- Appendix 2. [Andocides] 4, Against Alcibiades -- 3. Thucydides -- 4. Plato and the Socratics -- Appendix. The Authenticity of the First Alcibiades -- Conclusion: Plutarch's Alcibiades.
Summary This book is about the explosive mixture of fear and fascination excited by Alcibiades in his contemporaries and in contemporary texts. Dr. Gribble does not attempt to add to the existing biographical literature on Alcibiades. Instead he explores the tensions which dominated the life of this controversial figure, between the classical city and the individual of superlative power, status and ambition. Focusing on key texts - Thucydides, the mysterious pseudo-Andocides 4, Isocrates 16, the final scene of Plato's Symposium - Dr. Gribble considers the way Alcibiades is approximated to archetypes of the individual 'outside' the city: the tyrant, the athletic victor, the ostracism victim, the scapegoat, the barbarian.
Subject Alcibiades -- In literature.
Greek literature -- Greece -- Athens -- History and criticism.
Literature and history -- Greece -- Athens.
Statesmen in literature.
Generals in literature.
Athens (Greece) -- In literature.
ISBN 0198152671 (acid-free paper)