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Epic Tradition and Sophistic Innovation in the ‘Shame Culture’ of Thucydides’ Dialogue of the Melii and the Athenians

Valeria Melis    Università degli Studi di Cagliari; Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

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abstract

This paper aims at adding new pieces to the complex patchwork of knowledge on ‘shame’ in the ancient Greek world by analysing the meanings and the cultural framework of the terms αἰσχύνη and αἰσχρός in the Dialogue of the Melians of Thucydides. The contribution sheds light on the role played by the traditional concept of shame, mostly witnessed by the Homeric poems, in the elaboration of the concept made by the Athenians in accordance with the sophistic cultural climate of the second half of the fifth century BCE.

Published
June 30, 2021
Accepted
Dec. 21, 2020
Submitted
Oct. 5, 2020
Language
IT

Keywords: SophisticHomerAidōsThucydidesHesiodDialogue of the MeliansShame culture

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