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Kinship in ThucydidesIntercommunal Ties and Historical Narrative$
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Maria Fragoulaki

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199697779

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697779.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Kinship in Thucydides

Maria Fragoulaki

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter presents and explains the key terms, themes, theoretical premises, and tasks undertaken in the whole study. Xyngeneia and relatedness are the two main categories used to describe the various forms and mechanisms of intercommunal kinship relations in the ancient Greek world. Culture, religion above all, emotions, ethics, status, collective memory have a central role in all types of intercommunal kinship. The task of this study is the analysis and appreciation of Thucydides’ historical interpretation and distinctive authorial personality (intertextuality, narrative choices, style). The field of research is also defined, from the perspective both of Thucydidean scholarship, and of interdisciplinary theoretical inquiries (anthropology, sociology of emotions, ethnicity, literary criticism).

Keywords:   kinship typology, emotions, ethics, ritual, field of research, theoretical premises

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