Jeffrey Beneker

in The Passionate Statesman

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199695904
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741319 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter establishes the premise of the book with a brief example from the Solon. In the introduction to this biography, Plutarch explains that Solon, the Athenian lawgiver and democrat, had a younger cousin, Pisistratus, who later as tyrant of Athens would undo many of Solon's reforms. He also mentions that Solon had been erotically attracted to Pisistratus when his cousin was a young man, and that later, when Pisistratus was ruling and Solon was politically at odds with him, the ‘erotic memory’ created goodwill between them. It argues that Plutarch has employed erōs as a device for interpreting history by attributing the reconciliation of democrat and tyrant to their erotic affair.

Keywords: Solon; Pisistratus; erōs; erotic memory

Chapter.  2572 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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