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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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Preliminaries: Kinship Terminology in Thucydides

Preliminaries: Kinship Terminology in Thucydides

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(p.32) 2 Preliminaries: Kinship Terminology in Thucydides
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Kinship in Thucydides
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Maria Fragoulaki

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697779.003.0002

Starting from the terms xyngeneia and xyngenes, this chapter deals with the variety and versatility of Thucydides’ kinship language that goes well beyond the standard linguistic signifiers of colonial or racial ties. It also explores terms, and their role in the work, such as metropolis, ethnos, genos, and compounds of hegoumai/hegetes. In dialogue with scholarly discussions on the topic, the chapter urges more caution and critical resistance in reading back fifth-century kinship terminology from fourth-century and later (mainly epigraphic) evidence, and suggests a new meaning of the tantalizing term oikeiotes and its relationship with xyngeneia in Thucydides and beyond.

Keywords:   Greek kinship terminology, xyngeneia, xyngenes, oikeiotes, philia, apoikos, epoikos, kleruch, ethnos, genos

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