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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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Mixed Realities of the West: Greeks and Non-Greeks

Mixed Realities of the West: Greeks and Non-Greeks

(p.282) 7 Mixed Realities of the West: Greeks and Non-Greeks
Kinship in Thucydides

Maria Fragoulaki

Oxford University Press

This chapter investigates the kinship relations and identity dynamics between Greeks and non-Greeks of the West, from a postcolonial perspective. The relationship between Athens and Egesta receives special attention, not least because it was this ‘barbarian’ city that appears to have dragged the Athenians into the disastrous expedition to Sicily of 415–13. Read against external sources and material evidence, the case of Egesta provides a case of pronounced tension between Thucydides’ account and its context, clearly suggesting authorial choices, related to his interaction with literary tradition.

Keywords:   hybridity, middle-ground, post-colonial discourse, Trojan nostoi, Egesta, archaeology, Otherness, Sicilian expedition, historical narrative

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