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Putting up pyramids: Characterizing kings

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This chapter explores the interaction between man and nature in Herodotus through the figure of Cheops, the pyramid builder. It argues that, although grand engineering projects are often used in Herodotus to contribute to a negative characterization of players within the narrative, the focalization of such episodes introduces considerably greater complexity. Rather than simply concluding that building pyramids constitutes a despotic abuse of nature, as has been traditionally assumed of Che...

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10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199662326.001.0001

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Institution:
University of Oxford
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HUMS
Department:
Classics Faculty
Sub department:
Ancient History & Classical Arch
Oxford college:
St Hilda's College
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUM
Department:
Classics
Oxford college:
Merton College
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Oxford University Press Publisher's website
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Fame and infamy : essays for Christopher Pelling on characterization in Greek and Roman biography and historiography
Publication date:
2015-06-25
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664902
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9780199662326
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2016-12-10

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