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Of wolves and tyrants: political imagery in Alc. fr. 130b V.

Ramer Esther
Articolo Immagine
ISSN:
1121-8819
Rivista:
Eikasmos
Anno:
2018
Numero:
XXIX
Fascicolo:
Eikasmos N. XXIX 2018

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This article interprets the unusual compound λυκαιχμίαις in Alcaeus 130b,10 V as referringto a metaphorical battle between Alcaeus and a wolf-like tyrant, examining wolf imagery inarchaic poetry, fables, and philosophy to demonstrate the violent and deceptive qualities thatlink wolves with tyrants in ancient Greek thought.

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