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Educating Croesus: talking and learning in Herodotus' Lydian logos

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Two themes, the elusiveness of wisdom and the distortion of speech, are traced through three important scenes of Herodotus' Lydian logos, the meeting of Solon and Croesus (1.29–33), the scene where Cyrus places Croesus on the pyre (1.86–90), and the advice of Croesus to Cyrus to cross the river and fight the Massagetae in their own territory (1.207). The paper discusses whether Solon is speaking indirectly at 1.29–33, unable to talk straight to Croesus about his transgressive behavior: if so,...

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10.1525/ca.2006.25.1.141

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Classics Faculty
Oxford college:
Christ Church
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Author
Publisher:
University of California Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Classical Antiquity Journal website
Volume:
25
Issue:
1
Pages:
141-177
Publication date:
2006-04-01
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EISSN:
1067-8344
ISSN:
0278-6656
Language:
English
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ora:1511
Deposit date:
2008-03-14

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