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Memories of Odysseus: Frontier Tales from Ancient Greece (Francois Hartog Janet Lloyd (tr)) Paperback Book, (University of Chicago Press, 2001) 9780226318530
Memories of Odysseus: Frontier Tales from Ancient Greece (Francois Hartog Janet Lloyd (tr)) Paperback Book, (University of Chicago Press, 2001) 9780226318530
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Title: Memories of Odysseus: Frontier Tales from Ancient Greece

Author: Hartog, Francois Janet Lloyd (tr)

Publisher: U of Chicago Press; Publication Date: 2001

Paperback; ISBN: 9780226318530

Volumes: 1; Pages: 266

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The conception of the Other has long been a problem for philosophers. Emmanuel Levinas, best known for his attention to precisely that issue, argued that the voyages of Ulysses represent the very nature of Western philosophy: "His adventure in the world is nothing but a return to his native land, a complacency with the Same, a misrecognition of the Other." In Memories of Odysseus, Franois Hartog examines the truth of Levinas' assertion and, in the process, uncovers a different picture. Drawing on a remarkable range of authors and texts, ancient and modern, Hartog looks at accounts of actual travelers, as well as the way travel is used as a trope throughout ancient Greek literature, and finds that, instead of misrecognition, the Other is viewed with doubt and awe in the Homeric tradition. In fact, he argues, the Odyssey played a crucial role in shaping this attitude in the Greek mind, serving as inspiration for voyages in which new encounters caused the Greeks to revise their concepts of self and other. Ambitious in scope, this book is a sophisticated exploration of ancient Greece and its sense of identity.Praise for the French edition: "An extraordinary voyage into the land of heterology, and as all good history books, [Mmoire d'Ulysse] speaks just as much of the present as of the past."--Le Banquet"A visit to the frontiers of the real in the footsteps of a writer who has perfectly mastered the classics."--Jean-Luc TrioloTable of ContentsForeword: Odysseus in AuschwitzPaul CartledgeIntroduction: Travellers and Frontier-men1. The Return of OdysseusA voyage and a return journeyAnthropologyThe return to IthacaThe voyages of a name2. Egyptian VoyagesSeeing EgyptGreek viewsEgypt, the first civilizing power?From Thrice Greatest Hermes to Champollion3. The Invention of the Barbarian and an Inventory of the WorldBarbarians and GreeksRepresenting the worldCentre and extremitiesViewing the world from Alexandria4. Greek VoyagesThe voyages of the elder Anacharsis and frontiers forgottenFrontiers within, or ordinary kinds of discriminationThe limits of ArcadiaAlexander between Rome and Greece5. Roman VoyagesThe voyages of PolybiusThe voyages of Dionysius of HalicarnassusThe voyages of Strabo and Aelius AristidesConclusion: Memories of Apollonius and the Name of PythagorasNotesIndex
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