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Patterns of the PastEpitēdeumata in the Greek Tradition$
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Alfonso Moreno and Rosalind Thomas

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199668885

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199668885.001.0001

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Agariste’s Suitors

Agariste’s Suitors

An Olympic Note*

(p.217) 10 Agariste’s Suitors
Patterns of the Past

Simon Hornblower

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines Herodotus's account of the wooing of Agariste of Sikyon, which is part of his narrative of the battle of Marathon, to highlight two types of traditional cultural practice in ancient Greece: athletics and wedding competitions. It shows how the narrative flavour of Herodotus's account, like the pattern that emerges from a detailed look at the suitors' origins, may cast the passage in a new light. It thus reveals a pattern of Archaic practices that is seen through a further patterning of historiography. The chapter suggests that the story of Agariste's suitors may be based on an actual event involving real people.

Keywords:   Herodotus, wooing of Agariste, Agariste of Sikyon, battle of Marathon, ancient Greece, athletics, wedding competitions, suitors, historiography

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