Vol. 46 No. 1 (2020): XLVI - 2020

Maratón en el recuerdo: emblema y tópico entre la Atenas clásica y la Grecia romana

Published July 3, 2020
  • Marathon,
  • Rhetorical topic,
  • paideia,
  • Greek literature,
  • Second Sophistic


This paper surveys the use that some Greek authors of the Roman imperial period made of the name ‘Marathon’ and of what this name entailed. The works of Plutarch, Lucian, Aelius Aristides, Pausanias, Athenaeus or Polemon belong to different literary genres and are also diverse in their purpose, but all these authors and their public share a rhetorical and literary education stemming from the Greek paideia. The interest of our analysis lies in finding out meaning, objectives, or intentions of these Greek authors by referring in their own time, the first centuries AD, when Rome already held political power over the Greek world, to the glorious Greek past that Marathon represents.


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