By Ralph Mark Rosen, Ineke Sluiter
An exam of a principal proposal within the self-definition of any Greek-speaking male: "Andreia", the idea of braveness and manliness. via a mixture of lexical or semantic and conceptual stories the discourse of manliness and its function within the development of social order is explored.
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As a collective ﬁghting force, men prove they are men by putting their bodies to the test at the behest and in view of their leaders. In other words, being a man is the eﬀect of a disciplinary 23 Smoes 1995, 33–5 compares this admonition with passages in which men are rebuked for acting like weak women. ” Smoes refers to this as “l’aspect ‘sexiste’ du courage” (33). 185. ROSEN/F3/25-58 10/1/02 2:11 PM Page 34 34 regime in which the collective actions of the troops are modeled on the individual actions of the hero or ‘best man’ (aristos anêr).
45 The mixed lexicon of manliness (andreia and agênôr) in the play can be explained as a simple case of variatio or it may indicate that the Homeric lexicon is being superseded by a postHomeric one. In both cases, however, it suggests that the concept of masculinity is undergoing a change in the ﬁfth century. 46 This example is not exactly right, of course, since the Homeric lexicon is not obsolete in the ﬁfth century. But it helps illustrate how the very perseverance of the Homeric lexicon may have foregrounded the emerging lexicon.
Aeschylus, Agamemnon 351 where the chorus famously comment that Cly taemnestra speaks like a man: gÊnai, katÉ êndra s≈fronÉ eÈfrÒnvw l°geiw. 51 ROSEN/F3/25-58 10/1/02 2:11 PM Page 43 43 mØ paryenvpÒw, éllå téndre¤ou trÒpou. tå går t°knÉ aÈt«n ÖAreow §kkremãnnutai, tå dÉ eÈprep∞ dØ kÒsmow §n xoro›w mÒnon. The ironies of this gruesome scene are obvious: the address to a corpse that focuses on his physical beauty, the comparison of a future husband with a mother’s lover, etc.
Andreia: Studies in Manliness and Courage in Classical Antiquity by Ralph Mark Rosen, Ineke Sluiter