By Gabriel Herman
During this e-book, Gabriel Herman deals a brand new interpretation of Greek xenia, a time period often rendered as 'guest-friendship'. Drawing on modern literary assets and inscriptions in addition to anthropology, sociology, and comparative facts from different occasions, he exhibits that xenia was once a bond of fictitious kinship corresponding to godparenthood, instead of a tie of hospitality or traditional 'friendship'. taking off from this proposition, he develops a dynamic version of the formation of elite relationships and values. He explores the recommendations of legal responsibility and loyalty, present and bribe, treason and patriotism, and areas the Greek urban inside a brand new context of strength kin. This ebook, which assumes no wisdom of Greek, could be of curiosity to scholars and lecturers of historical historical past and classics. it's going to additionally entice social and political scientists.
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24 Ritualised Friendship a b fiB. hen compared WIth ritualiled friendship as rtCOIlsuue:ted from non-mythical sources. revals that the practices prescribed by the institution underwent only minor distortions when projected nto mythology. I paraphrase the relevant passages. Believing a false: accusadon, Akastos desened his friend, Peleus, while asleep on Pelion, and hid his magic sword in cow's dung. Iso ratored him his S9iord. FollOWIng this euerge$ia, Chlron ~ mcd the role of n ideal xetOS: he provided Peleus with • due as to how to leize and marry Theda.
Yet it was not friendship in the normal Greek sense of the term. Friendship in the Greek states bound together individuals partaking of the same social system and sharing similar values. Confidence was generated through a lengthy process of interaction and gradually developing intimacy, and the resulting relationship was sustained - or disrupted - through permanent interaction. A good illustration of this process may be gleaned from a pseudoDemosthenic passage: Nikostratos, whom you see here in coun, men of the jury, was a neighbour of mine in the country, and a man of my own age (he/ikiotes).
2. Hofsrett« (1978). c CJ) L. >o 0. U 44 Encounter and Initiation in our study, they include such figures as Peisistratos the tyrant, his son Hippias, Mihiades, Kallias, Lysander, Alkibiades, Antalkidas, Iphikrates and Evagoras of Cyprus. And the same pattern was to repeat itself in later times probably with even greater intensity. , the popular philosopher Teles could produce a seemingly paradoxical argument in favour of going into exile. Most of these exiles, he implied, deserve no pity. 8 Teles' 'kings' were the Hellenistic rulers to whom the Greek cities had lost their independence.
Ritualised Friendship and the Greek City by Gabriel Herman