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By Silvia Montiglio

Compliment for Silvia Montiglio "[A] wonderful and significant booklet. . . . "---Journal of faith, on Silence within the Land of emblems "[A]n invigorating reevaluation of either the traditional symbolic panorama and our preconceptions of it."---American magazine of Philology, on Wandering in historic Greek Culture  Best identified for his adventures in the course of his homeward trip as narrated in Homer's Odyssey, Odysseus remained an incredible determine and a resource of thought in later literature, from Greek tragedy to Dante's Inferno to Joyce's Ulysses. much less regularly recognized, yet both fascinating, are Odysseus' "wanderings" in historic philosophy: Odysseus turns into a version of knowledge for Socrates and his fans, Cynics and Stoics, in addition to for later Platonic thinkers. From Villain to Hero: Odysseus in old concept follows those wanderings on this planet of historic Greek and Roman philosophy, retracing the stairs that led the crafty hero of Homeric epic and the villain of Attic tragedy to develop into a paradigm of the clever guy. From Villain to Hero explores the reception of Odysseus in philosophy, an issue that up to now has been handled basically in tangential or restricted methods. Diverging from past stories, Montiglio outlines the philosophers' Odysseus around the spectrum, from the Socratics to the center Platonists. by way of the early centuries CE, Odysseus' credentials as a smart guy are firmly demonstrated, and the beginning of Odysseus' rehabilitation by way of philosophers demanding situations present perceptions of him as a villain. greater than only a examine in old philosophy, From Villain to Hero seeks to appreciate the articulations among philosophical readings of Odysseus and nonphilosophical ones, with a watch to the bigger cultural contexts of either. whereas this e-book is the paintings of a classicist, it's going to even be of curiosity to scholars of philosophy, comparative literature, and reception reviews.

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