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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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Korinth and Its Colonies: Charting xyngeneia

Korinth and Its Colonies: Charting xyngeneia

(p.58) 3 Korinth and Its Colonies: Charting xyngeneia
Kinship in Thucydides

Maria Fragoulaki

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks closely at the xyngeneia ties (that is, the colonial and racial relationship) between Dorian Korinth and its recalcitrant apoikia Kerkyra, over a third kin city, Epidamnos (Kerkyra’s own apoikia). Thucydides’ gradual unveiling of this xyngeneia relationship in the course of his narrative, and his exhaustive treatment of the practical, emotional, and ethical parameters of intercommunal xyngeneia in the section known as the Kerkyraika in particular, are indicative of the importance and the role of kinship in his composition. The case of Syracuse is also discussed, one of the most prominent and powerful cities in the History as a whole, which, unlike Kerkyra, was in good terms with its metropolis Korinth. Special attention is paid to the role of kinship in Dorian discourse in the work, especially in the speeches of the Korinthians and their colonial descendants.

Keywords:   xyngeneia ties, colonization, the Archaeology, oikist, delayed colonial information, hatred, reciprocity, Dorian discourse

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