Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Da Teseo a Clistene : lo spazio politico negli studi francesi sulla Grecia antica nel XX secolo

Riccardo Di Donato


As an homage paid to Jean-Pierre Vernant and Pierre Vidal-Naquet we have
been revisiting the whole of contributions proposed by the French studies on
political space of the Greeks. The particular case examined is the Athenian
one, from Theseus mythical synoecism to historical Cleistenes reform. Human
interventions on physical grounds, documented by archaeology, are interpreted.
After a re-reading historical sources, the anthropological validity of
the interpretation of public space, as shaped in the Louis Gernets essay on
political symbolism of the koiné hestia, finds a problematical confirmation.

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