Memories of Odysseus: Frontier Tales from Ancient Greece

Memories of Odysseus: Frontier Tales from Ancient Greece

by Francois Hartog
     
 


The conception of the Other has long been a problem for anthopologists and philosophers. In Memories of Odysseus, François Hartog tackles the problem in light of the Greek hero and his epic tale, the Odyssey. Drawing on a remarkable range of authors and texts, both ancient and modern, Hartog looks at accounts of actual travelers as well as theSee more details below

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The conception of the Other has long been a problem for anthopologists and philosophers. In Memories of Odysseus, François Hartog tackles the problem in light of the Greek hero and his epic tale, the Odyssey. Drawing on a remarkable range of authors and texts, both ancient and modern, Hartog looks at accounts of actual travelers as well as the way travel is used as a trope throughout ancient Greek literature and finds that the Other is viewed with doubt and awe in the Homeric tradition. In fact, he argues, the Odyssey played a crucial role in shaping this attitude in the Greek mind, serving as inspiration for voyages in which the Greeks revised their concepts of self and other through new encounters. Ambitious in scope, this is a sophisticated exploration of ancient Greece and its sense of identity and a reflection on the cultural frontier.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226318530
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Edition description:
1
Pages:
266
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

François Hartog is the Directeur d'Études at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and the director of the Centre Louis Gernet in Paris. He is the author of The Mirror of Herodotus.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Odysseus in Auschwitz
Paul Cartledge
Introduction: Travellers and Frontier-men
1. The Return of Odysseus
A voyage and a return journey
Anthropology
The return to Ithaca
The voyages of a name
2. Egyptian Voyages
Seeing Egypt
Greek views
Egypt, the first civilizing power?
From Thrice Greatest Hermes to Champollion
3. The Invention of the Barbarian and an Inventory of the World
Barbarians and Greeks
Representing the world
Centre and extremities
Viewing the world from Alexandria
4. Greek Voyages
The voyages of the elder Anacharsis and frontiers forgotten
Frontiers within, or ordinary kinds of discrimination
The limits of Arcadia
Alexander between Rome and Greece
5. Roman Voyages
The voyages of Polybius
The voyages of Dionysius of Halicarnassus
The voyages of Strabo and Aelius Aristides
Conclusion: Memories of Apollonius and the Name of Pythagoras
Notes
Index

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