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Reconstructing DamonMusic, Wisdom Teaching, and Politics in Perikles' Athens$
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Robert W. Wallace

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199685738

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685738.001.0001

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Music and politics

Music and politics

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(p.50) (p.51) 3 Music and politics
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Reconstructing Damon
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Robert W. Wallace

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685738.003.0003

After presenting the evidence for Damon’s close working and personal relationship with Perikles, this chapter first documents three different public concerns that contributed to Damon’s ten-year ostracism c.442: (1) popular fears lest Perikles become tyrant, (2) popular fears of Damon’s secret influence over Perikles, (3) popular fears of Damon’s excessive cleverness. It then considers the significance of factional strife following the ostracism of Perikles’ conservative opponent Thoukydides son of Melesias in 443. The second half of the chapter discusses Perikles’ public music activities from 446, including at the Panathenaic festival and in constructing the Odeion music hall. It explains the pervasive psychological, social, and political significance of music in Greek society, also helping to explain why Perikles’ music counsellor became a political target.

Keywords:   Perikles, Greek tyranny, Greek cleverness, political advisers, Thoukydides son of Melesias, music in Greek society, culture and politics

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