Democratic Paideia in Aeschylus' Suppliants

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Abstract

The analysis of political language in Aeschylus' Suppliants confirms the hypothesis that the form of government here represented is strongly influenced by contemporary Athens: prehistoric Argos turns out to be a sort of mirror of democratic Athens. It is no coincidence that the sequence running from the entrance of Pelasgus at 234 to the Danaids' song of benediction (625-709) presents a dramatic pattern similar in several respects to that underlying in Eumenides 397-1002 (the scenes between the entrance of Athena and the Chorus’ prayer of blessing). Pelasgus (likewise Athena in Eumenides) imparts to the Danaids a sort of lesson on "democratic paideia", in view of their integration as metoikoi in the institutional structures of the polis. KEYWORDS: Aeschylus, Suppliants, Eumenides, metoikia, democracy, Athens.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)251-272
Numero di pagine22
RivistaPolis. The Journal for Ancient Greek Political Thought
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2017

Keywords

  • Aeschylus
  • Eschilo
  • Suppliants
  • Supplici

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