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Author Romilly, Jacqueline de, author.

Uniform Title Alcibiade. English
Title The life of Alcibiades : dangerous ambition and the betrayal of Athens / Jacqueline de Romilly ; translated by Elizabeth Trapnell Rawlings.

Publication Info. Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2019.


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Description xx, 205 pages : map ; 24 cm.
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Series Cornell studies in classical philology
Cornell studies in classical philology.
Note Original French edition, Alcibiade, ou, Les dangers de l`ambition. Copyright © »ditions de Fallois, 1995"--Title page verso.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Richly endowed -- Insults and scandals -- First interlude : Alcibiades between two lifestyles -- Political debut : the Argive alliance -- The grand design -- The scandals -- Exile : defending treason -- In Asia Minor -- With the Athenians on Samos -- Second interlude : Alcibiades between two historians -- A triumphal return -- Slightly more than one hundred days -- A final appearance -- Repercussions.
Summary "A translation of a biography of the Athenian general Alcibiades by Jacqueline de Romilly, a French scholar and member of the French Academy"-- Provided by publisher.
"This biography of Alcibiades, the charismatic Athenian statesman and general (c. 450-404 BC) who achieved both renown and infamy during the Peloponnesian War, is both an extraordinary adventure story and a cautionary tale that reveals the dangers that political opportunism and demagoguery pose to democracy. As Jacqueline de Romilly brilliantly documents, Alcibiades's life is one of wanderings and vicissitudes, promises and disappointments, brilliant successes and ruinous defeats. Born into a wealthy and powerful family in Athens, Alcibiades was a student of Socrates and disciple of Pericles, and he seemed destined to dominate the political life of his city--and his tumultuous age. Romilly shows, however, that he was too ambitious. Haunted by financial and sexual intrigues and political plots, Alcibiades was exiled from Athens, sentenced to death, recalled to his homeland, only to be exiled again. He defected from Athens to Sparta and from Sparta to Persia and then from Persia back to Athens, buffeted by scandal after scandal, most of them of his own making. A gifted demagogue and, according to his contemporaries, more handsome than the hero Achilles, Alcibiades is also a strikingly modern figure, whose seductive celebrity and dangerous ambition anticipated current crises of leadership." -- Publisher's description
Subject Alcibiades.
Statesmen -- Greece -- Athens -- Biography.
Generals -- Greece -- Athens -- Biography.
Greece -- Foreign relations -- To 146 B.C.
Greece -- History -- Peloponnesian War, 431-404 B.C.
Alcibiades. (OCoLC)fst00160917
Diplomatic relations. (OCoLC)fst01907412
Generals. (OCoLC)fst00939841
Statesmen. (OCoLC)fst01131990
Greece. (OCoLC)fst01208380
Greece -- Athens. (OCoLC)fst01204474
Peloponnesian War (Greece : 431-404 B.C.) (OCoLC)fst01353967
Chronological Term To 146 B.C.
Genre/Form Biographies. (OCoLC)fst01919896
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Added Author Rawlings, Elizabeth, translator.
ISBN 9781501719752 (cloth ; alk. paper)

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