Athenian Ostrakismos and the Hybris of a would-be tyrant
1History of Sciences and Ideas, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oulu, Finland
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|Publish Date:|| 2021-10-08
Analysing Greek literary sources together with a selection of preserved ostraka, this article discusses the interrelationships between the prevention of hybris, the perceptions of tyranny, and the purposes of practising ostracism in fifth-century Athens. It will be proposed that the political decisions to organize ostrakophoriai were reactions to the threat posed by hybristic disposition of an individual — hence, ostracism played a role in detecting and punishing one’s motives and intentions. It will also be proposed that luxurious life-style was perceived by the Athenians both as a sign of Medism and of a hybristic disposition characteristic of a would-be-tyrant. Thus, profligate life-styles of political figures might have urged the Athenians to organise ostrakophoriai.
Acta antiqua. Academiae scientiarum Hungaricae
|Pages:||53 - 70|
|Type of Publication:||
A1 Journal article – refereed
|Field of Science:||
615 History and archaeology
© 2020 Acta Antiqua Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae. The final authenticated version is available online at https://doi.org/10.1556/068.2020.00005.