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Morality and Custom in Ancient Greece / Edition 1

Morality and Custom in Ancient Greece / Edition 1

by John M Dillon


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Athenian society is brought vividly to life in John M. Dillon's exploration of how the ancient Greeks behaved toward each other. How did husbands treat their wives, and parents their children? What were the rights enjoyed, and the perils faced, by a courtesan? What were the obligations of love and friendship between men and men, men and women, and men and boys? Morality and Custom in Ancient Greece shows how slaves were to be treated and what it was like to be a slave or a slave's child; and asks how, when, and why duties to the gods were fulfilled. The problems of inheritance and the position of widows, daughters, and sons are also examined. In each chapter, two or more stories drawn from ancient sources give contrasting perspectives on the Greeks' attitudes and beliefs, and lead to discussions of the works of literature, history, and philosophy they used to guide their lives. This is a thoughtful and entertaining book that shows the practical outcomes of ancient Greek thought and literature and how the strange and familiar are mixed in the customs and habits of people living two and half thousand years ago.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253217479
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 08/19/2004
Pages: 217
Product dimensions: 6.18(w) x 9.14(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

John M. Dillon is Regius Professor of Greek at Trinity College Dublin, and director of the Centre for the Study of the Platonic Tradition.

Table of Contents

Note on Orthographyvii
Note on Athenian Moneyviii
1The Family: For Better or Worse1
2Outside the Fold, Beyond the Pale: Problems of Non-Citizen Women25
3Preserving the Oikos: The Woes of Inheritance50
4The Best of Enemies: Patterns of Friendship and Enmity78
5A Peculiar Institution: The Etiquette of Homosexual Relationships101
6Slaves and Slave-Masters127
7Dealing with the Gods: Piety and Impiety155
8A Vision of the Past: The Role of the Anecdote in the Formation of the Athenian Self-Image183

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