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The Black Hunter: Forms of Thought and Forms of Society in the Greek World
     

The Black Hunter: Forms of Thought and Forms of Society in the Greek World

by Pierre Vidal-Naquet, Andrew Szegedy-Maszak (Translator)
 

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"No one can fail to admire the brilliance of the connections Vidal-Naquet suggests... Audacity has been characteristic of Vidal-Naquet's career from the start; it marked his activities as a historian engagé in the political struggle; it is visible at work in every page of this book."—Bernard Knox, from the Foreword

The black hunter travels

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"No one can fail to admire the brilliance of the connections Vidal-Naquet suggests... Audacity has been characteristic of Vidal-Naquet's career from the start; it marked his activities as a historian engagé in the political struggle; it is visible at work in every page of this book."—Bernard Knox, from the Foreword

The black hunter travels through the mountains and forests of Greek mythology, living on the frontier of the city-state, of adulthood, of class, of ethics, of sexuality. Taking its title from this figure, The Black Hunter approaches the Greek world from its margins and charts the elaborate system of oppositions that pervaded Greek culture and society: cultivated and wild, citizen and foreigner, real and imaginary, god and man. Organizing his discussions around four principle themes—space and time; youth and warriors; women, slaves, and artisans; and the city of vision and of reality—Pierre Vidal-Naquet focuses on the congruence of the textual and the actual, on the patterns that link literary, philosophical, and historical works with such social activities as war, slavery, education, and commemoration. The Black Hunter probes the interplay of world view, language, and social practice "to bring into dialogue that which does not naturally communicate according to the usual criteria of historical judgement.

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Journal of Ritual Studies
Excellent... Vidal-Naquet's book is a gem. It will stimulate further thoughts, discussions and writings on the Greek politeia and politikon. It should be read by all those who are involved in classical and comparative studies. It puts into circulation a structuralist reading which is provocative and simultaneously rings true.

Modern Greek Studies Yearbook
A brilliant demonstration of structural analysis and its usefulness in illuminating well-known texts and providing fresh insights... What strikes the reader of this book is its daring, innovative interpretations. This is not a book that merely collects new information or synthesizes old views. It bursts into the heart of important themes and floods them with bright light.

Classical World
One of the liveliest intellects in the field... There is a wealth of learning in this book; specialists... will wish to consult individual articles while the general reader will not only learn but enjoy its contents and tenor.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801859519
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
07/01/1998
Pages:
392
Sales rank:
638,958
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.87(d)

Meet the Author

Pierre Vidal-Naquet is director of the Centre de Recherches comparées sur les Sociétés Anciennes at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Among his many publications are Clisthène l' Athénien, with Pierre Lévêque, and Mythe et Tragédie, with Jean-Pierre Vernant.

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