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Priam ou la force de l'âge

David-Artur Daix 1 
1 Sciences des textes anciens : Littérature grecque archaïque et classique
AOROC - Archéologies d'Orient et d'Occident et Sciences des textes
Abstract : At the beginning of the Iliad’s third Book, Hector suggests to his brother Paris that he settle the war by fighting Menelas in a duel. The challenge is sent and the Atrid accepts it, on condition that Priam, and not his sons, whom Menelas does not trust, serves as its judge. However, Menelas does not call upon the old king’s wisdom, but asks for “Priam’s strength” : Πριάμοιο βίην. That formula sounds strangely when used to describe Priam, as, in Greek, the word βίη means the physical, often martial and violent strength which is entirely absent from old men, who have lost it. It is almost an oxymoron and deserves our attention.
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David-Artur Daix. Priam ou la force de l'âge. Mètis - Anthropologie des mondes grecs anciens, Daedalus/EHESS, 2009, 7, pp.137-170. ⟨10.4000/books.editionsehess.2467⟩. ⟨hal-00697829⟩



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