Imagining Illegitimacy In Classical Greek Literature by Mary EbbottImagining Illegitimacy In Classical Greek Literature by Mary Ebbott

Imagining Illegitimacy In Classical Greek Literature

byMary Ebbott

Paperback | February 11, 2003

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In Imagining Illegitimacy, Mary Ebbott investigates metaphors of illegitimacy in classical Greek literature, concentrating in particular on the way in which the illegitimate child (nothos) is imagined in narratives. Employing an approach that maintains that metaphors are a key to understanding abstract ideas, Ebbott connects the many complex metaphors associated with illegitimacy to the ancient Greek conception of illegitimacy. The nothos as imagined in ancient Greek literature is metaphorically connected to concerns about gender, reproduction, marriage, and concepts of polity. By decoding the metaphors of nothos mapped to these concepts, readers gain access into these ideas and their relationship to one another. The complex portrait of nothos portrayed here examines a wide variety of works, from Euripides, Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, and many others. By analyzing the imagery connected to illegitimate persons, Ebbott arrives at deep insights on how legitimacy and illegitimacy in Greek culture were deeply connected to the concepts of family, procreation, and citizenry, and how these connections influenced cultural imperatives of determining and controlling legitimacy.
Mary Ebbott is Assistant Professor of Classics at College of the Holy cross and Executive Editor at the Center for Hellenic Studies.
Title:Imagining Illegitimacy In Classical Greek LiteratureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:136 pages, 9 × 5.78 × 0.42 inPublished:February 11, 2003Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0739105388

ISBN - 13:9780739105382


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Metaphors of Illegitimacy Chapter 2 Where the Girls Are: Skotioi and Parthenoi Chapter 3 Teucer, the Bastard Archer Chapter 4 Images of Fertility and Sterility Chapter 5 Euripides' Hippolytos Chapter 6 Conclusion