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De l’intérêt des lieux communs : deux épisodes privilégiés de l’histoire de Thémistocle

Abstract : The present paper deals with the reception of two anecdotes devoted to Themistocles – his sleepless nights when, still a young man, he thought of Miltiades’ military victory, and his subsequent altercation with a man from Seriphos jealous of his fame. A contextual examination of various references to these famous anecdotes, in texts written from Antiquity to the Renaissance, both in Greece and in Western Europe, testifies to the plasticity of commonplaces, that is a malleable material open to multiple reinterpretations, political, ethical and philosophical alike: quoted as a model to imitate or as a foil to the present depravity, the figure of Themistocles was used to feed thought about one’s love for his homeland, an individual’s link with the body politic, a ruler’s duties, or the need for watchfulness.
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Corinne Jouanno. De l’intérêt des lieux communs : deux épisodes privilégiés de l’histoire de Thémistocle. Les Etudes Classiques, Société des Études Classiques, 2017, 85, pp.337-360. ⟨hal-02329050⟩

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