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Athens in ParisAncient Greece and the Political in Post-War French Thought$

Miriam Leonard

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199277254

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277254.001.0001

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Athens in Paris
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The completion of this book was made possible by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council's (AHRC's) research leave scheme. I am extremely grateful to them and to the Bristol Department of Classics and Ancient History for giving me the time to finish this manuscript. Much of the writing was completed while I was a Scholar in Residence at Duke University in 2003–4, many thanks to the departments of Classical Studies and the Literature Program and to Peter Burian, in particular, for being such welcoming hosts. I must also thank the Faculty of Classics and Newnham College, Cambridge for their generosity both financial and intellectual.

It is a great pleasure to thank the many friends and colleagues who have helped me with this book. I am grateful to Geoffrey Lloyd and to François Hartog who examined my Ph.D. thesis and to Malcolm Schofield and John Henderson who provided exacting criticism and support while I was at Cambridge. Mary Beard and Helen Morales, in particular, have been most generous with their wisdom. François Hartog and Jesper Svenbro offered invaluable advice and José-Otavio Nogueira-Guimaraes gave me ample guidance and companionship while I was at the École des Hautes Études in Paris. I was also greatly helped by discussions with Jacques Derrida and Pierre Vidal-Naquet. Thanks also to Christopher Stray, Simon Critchley, and John Forrester for their help at the outset of this project. I am exceptionally fortunate to work in a department where the dialogue between antiquity and modernity is being so vigorously debated and theorized. I learnt a great deal from the students who followed my MA unit on the reception of the Antigone. My colleagues Duncan Kennedy, Ellen O'Gorman, and Vanda Zajko provide daily stimulation: I cannot imagine a more challenging intellectual environment for studying the reception of the classical world. Aleka Lianeri has transformed my thinking on so many issues and continues to be a constant source of intellectual companionship. I have also benefited enormously from support and advice from my friends Aude Doody, Katie Fleming, Annelise (p.viii) Freisenbruch, and Daniel Orrells over the years. My thanks, in particular, to Katie Fleming for drawing my attention to new material and for sharing so many conversations about the politics of reception.

Parts of the book were presented as papers at Bristol, Cambridge, Exeter, Duke, Michigan, and Ohio State where I learnt a great deal from the discussions which followed. Will Batstone, Richard Seaford, and David Konstan all read portions of the manuscript and I am extremely grateful for their insightful comments. Special thanks to the readers whose suggestions could not have been more helpful in revising the manuscript. My gratitude, in particular, to Jim Porter who identified all the crucial issues with such skill and helped me a great deal in articulating my argument. Thanks too to Hilary O'Shea who has been a most supportive and adept editor, and to my excellent copy-editor, Tom Chandler. Two people deserve special thanks. Charles Martindale read the whole manuscript and was, as ever, the most astute and challenging of readers. I am immensely grateful to him for his intellectual energy and generosity. Simon Goldhill also read the complete manuscript as well as innumerable drafts over the years. I could not have asked for a more inspirational teacher and a better friend.

Phiroze Vasunia lived through all the highs and lows of this book. I cannot say how grateful I am to him for his many suggestions and for his patient encouragement. I would never have completed this book without his support. My mother, Irène Heidelberger also read the whole manuscript and commented, as usual, with unrivalled intelligence—her inspiration makes it all seem possible. Lastly, thanks to her and my father and to Mark and Gabs for everything.


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