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Alcibiades (c. 450-404 BC)--general, statesman, followed son of Pericles, lover of Socrates, profaner of the Mysteries-- was once referred to as through a few the saviour of Athens and by way of others its maximum enemy. This ebook is a research of the explosive mix of worry and fascination he excited in his contemporaries and in classical texts. It examines the intense rigidity among the classical urban and the person of superlative strength, prestige, and ambition.

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42 Ath. de. This passage is also linked by Wilamowitz (b: ) to Satyrus. It too begins ‘and the beautiful Alcibiades . . ’, and contains a story from Lysias about the debauchery of Alcibiades and Axiochus in Abydus which is also found in the passage earlier in Book  (f—a). Wilamowitz also traced three further stories in Book  (Ath. f—a), dealing once again with Alcibiades’ ‘Ionian’ luxury, to Satyrus. 39  Élite Individual and Democratic City The material in Athenaeus, b–e is not presented in a way which we would call ‘biographical’:43 there is no evidence of an attempt to trace the subject’s life chronologically, and no discussion of his public and political role.

Lite Individual and Democratic City habits [epitedeumata] and way of life [diaita]’ (Alc. . 34 Both authors focus their discussion of Alcibiades’ anomalia on the story of his ability to suit his character to those with whom he came into contact, the topos associated above with Theopompus. 35 The schema may have begun as a strategy for reconciling the diverse, sometimes polarized depictions of the various Alcibiades anecdotes assembled from classical authors (the glorious Olympic display at Athens, the stories of Ionian debauchery, the hobnobbing with Persians, the demagoguery).

26 See Saller (: –) on change and variation in anecdotes. Russell (a) discusses the significance of variations of detail in Alcibiades anecdotes. 27 On the sense of bios in Hellenistic literature, see Leo (: , –); Wilamowitz (a: —‘das Leben, wie es die Menschen treiben, in seinen gewöhnlichen conventionellen Formen, durch Bedürfnisse, Sitten, Mode bedingt’). 28 This is the third stage of the Alcibiades tradition, and the one we are least informed about. We may suppose, however, that three main types of text were important in Hellenistic writing about Alcibiades.

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