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Conventional Values of the Hellenistic Greeks

A part of the series Studies in Hellenistic Civilization (8) , and the subject area

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320 pages ill.
ISBN 87 7288 555 6

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The contributors to this volume seek to decipher the Hellenistic citizens' views on vital elements of their society: the city, the ruler, religion, magic and astrology, everyday life and social relations (family and gender), morality, uses of the past, and the iconography of death. How did the changes in political and social ideas affect actions and practices, which in turn again altered concepts?

Moreover, the authors distinguish between the views of the common people and the elite, the evidence from inscriptions (seen as popular sentiment) and the evidence from literature (from the elite).

The authors' conclusions have broad ramifications for future scholars in a field that has not hitherto received much attention. This volume is essential reading on the early development of individualism and the history of ideas.

Table of contents



Pauline Schmitt Pantel: Public Feasts in the Hellenistic Greek City: Forms and Meanings

Burkhard Fehr: Society, Consanguinity and the Fertility of Women: The Community of Deities on the Great Frieze of the Pergamum Altar as a Paradigm of Cross-Cultural Ideas

Giulia Sfameni Gasparrov: Daimon and Tuche in the Hellenistic Religious Experience

Dale B. Martin: Hellenistic Superstition: The Problems of Defining a Vice

Richard Gordon: <i: Hellenistic Magic and Astrology

David Konstan: Conventional Values of the Hellenistic Greeks: The Evidence from Astrology

Tomas Hägg: A Professor and his Slave: Conventions and Values in the Life of Aesop

Sarah B. Pomeroy: Family Values: The Uses of the Past

Sanne Houby-Nielsen: Grave Gifts, Women, and Conventional Values in Hellenistic Athens

Halvor Moxnes: Conventional Values in the Hellenistic World: Masculinity

Lise Hannestad: Death on Delos: Conventions in an International Context

Index of Persons

Index of Modern Authors

Geographical Index

Index Locorum

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