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History and Context

Andrew Ford

in Aristotle as Poet

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199733293
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918539 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199733293.003.0002
History and Context

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This chapter begins a consideration of the historical evidence for Hermias and his relations with Aristotle. An inscription recording a treaty concluded in Hermias’ name is examined for the picture it presents of the ruler, and this is set against a passage from a contemporary political tract by Theopompus of Chios who is hostile to Hermias. The methodological difficulties raised by poststructuralist criticism for reconstructing historical contexts of literary texts are illustrated and confronted; it is argued that, despite these difficulties, a degree of contextualization is possible and in fact indispensible in reading Greek lyric.

Keywords: deconstruction; Platonic Academy; inscriptions as evidence; Theopompus of Chios; Atarneus; text and context

Chapter.  5638 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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