By David Konstan
This booklet is a heritage of friendship in Greece and Rome, from the warrior society of the Homeric epics to the time of the Christian Roman Empire. It demonstrates how historical friendship resembles glossy conceptions, and the way it evolves in several social contexts. The publication sheds new mild on such questions as friendship and democracy, the significance of neighbors in executive and in philosophical groups, women's friendships, and the transformation of friendship below the impact of Christian rules of brotherhood.
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Admetus5 countrymen, however, are simply philoi (369, 935, 960; cf. philos, 212), never xenoi. "To be a polis ... a community had to distinguish formally between members and nonmembers" (Manville 1990: 82). g. Od. 74). 160; cf. 162, 166). 26-9). 36), since his house is rich enough to entertain guests. Homer is indulging in a bit of comedy here: the audience will recall 19 20 For the contrast, cf. Pindar, Isth. 51; Theognidea 793-4; Carm. Epigr. 17; [Anacreon] Anth. Pal. V. 3; Scheid-Tissinier 1990 wrongly discerns this distinction already in the Odyssey.
Alcinous is wrong in this case: Odysseus has no such friend; indeed, Jenny Strauss Clay (1983: 107) has suggested that Homer is implicitly contrasting the loner Odysseus with the profound bond between Achilles and Patroclus. Achilles and Patroclus are not the only comrades who are close. 16 When Achilles rejects Agamemnon's ambassadors' every appeal to return to battle, Ajax complains that Achilles "cares nothing for the love [philotes] of his companions [hetairoi], with which we honored him by the ships beyond the others" (//.
New emphases emerge, and are the central subject of this book, but it is not necessarily the case that they conform synchronically to a reigning spirit of the times. Indeed, one theme that runs through the following chapters is the abiding image of friendship as an intimate relationship predicated on mutual affection and commitment. 25 The terms for "friend" in the above sense are philos in Greek and amicus in Latin, and the focus of this book is accordingly on their use in the classical world over the course of its history.
Friendship in the Classical World by David Konstan