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Herodotus' proem: space, time, and the origins of international relations

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This paper offers a new reading of the much-discussed account of the origins of hostility between Greeks and Asiatics attributed to the Persian logioi at the start of Herodotus’ work. It explores two common (and related) readings of this passage: the account of the seizure of women (Io, Europa, Medea, Helen) is seen as setting up the importance of reciprocity as a model for explaining human behaviour; and the motif of woman-seizing is sometimes thought to have been parodied in Dicaeopolis’ a...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
St Hugh's College
Department:
Humanities Division - Classics Faculty
Publisher:
Faculty of Philosophy, University of Crete, Rethymno
Journal:
Ariadne
Volume:
16
Pages:
43-74
Publication date:
2010
ISSN:
1105-1914
URN:
uuid:704b3f45-6121-4371-90a7-bb84da11734d
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ora:5307
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English
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