By Barry S. Strauss
Father-son clash used to be for the Athenians a subject of common curiosity that touched the middle of either kinfolk and political existence, quite during periods of social upheaval. during this vibrant account of the intermingling of politics and the personal sphere in classical Athens, Barry Strauss explores the tensions skilled by way of a society that loved either younger independence and paternal authority. He examines father-son family in the Athenian relatives and how those relatives have been represented in a wide selection of political and literary texts. His inquiry unearths that representations of patricide, father beating, and son murdering didn't unavoidably coincide with real situations yet relatively served as metaphors for intergenerational tensions fueled by way of democracy, the sophists, and the Peloponnesian War.
Strauss issues out that significant Athenian debts of father-son conflict--such because the delusion of the Athenian nationwide hero, Theseus, and the performs of Euripides and Aristophanes--were both produced or enthusiastically revived throughout the conflict. He strains the relation among using familial metaphors in those bills and fluctuations in Athenian wartime ideology: because the fortunes of Athens shifted, electorate went from self belief of their elder statesman Pericles to enthusiasm over a brand new iteration of younger politicians led by way of Pericles' ward Alcibiades, and again to an insistence on what Athenians known as the "paternal" rule of older leaders. In emphasizing the blurring of limitations among kin and country, or inner most and public, in Athens, Strauss encourages us to mirror anew at the contrast among those innovations and at the problems of placing that contrast into perform today.