Telamonian Ajax

By Bocksberger, Sophie Marianne

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Telamonian Ajax provides a complete overview of the development of Telamonian Ajax's myth in archaic and classical Greece. It is a systematic study of the representations of the hero in all kinds of media, such as literature, art, or cultic practice, establishing how and why the constitutive elements of Ajax's myth evolved by examining the way the literary works and visual representations in which he features were influenced by the historical,socio-cultural, and performative contexts of their receptions. Bocksberger's study focuses on three main loci of reception: the Panhellenic figure of Ajax, through a study of early Greek hexameter poetry and archaic art; archaic and classical Aegina; and archaic and classical Athens. By following in the footsteps of Ajax,this study offers a journey across the archaic and classical history of the Saronic Gulf, and exemplifies the manner in which the respective priorities of art, cult, and politics could be negotiated through the re-configuration of a mythological figure. This book establishes the outline of Telamonian Ajax's pre-Homeric gesta in order to understand how it was received in early Greek hexameter poetry, especially in the Iliad. Moreover, it investigates the important politicalrole the hero had in the context of Atheno-Aeginetan rivalry in the sixth and fifth centuries BCE in order to show the profound impact the historical context had on the shaping of his myth.

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EAN

9780192633750

Format

ebook

Author

Bocksberger, Sophie Marianne

Category

Publisher

OUP Oxford

Series

Oxford Classical Monographs

Language

eng

Imprint

OUP Oxford

Published Date

2021-12-23

Published Country

GB

EAN 9780192633750
Format Ebook
Author Bocksberger, Sophie Marianne
Category
Publisher OUP Oxford
Series Oxford Classical Monographs
Pages 272
Language eng
Imprint OUP Oxford
Published Date 2021-12-23
Published Country GB

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