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Foundation Myths in Ancient Societies

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List of Abbreviations Introduction -Naoise Mac Sweeney Chapter 1. Foreign Founders: Greeks and Hebrews -Irad Malkin Chapter 2. Oikist and Archegetes in Context: Representing the Foundation of Sicilian Naxos -Lieve Donnellan Chapter 3. Who's the Daddy?: Contesting and Constructing Theseus' Paternity in Fifth-Century Athens -Susanne Turner Chapter 4. The Founder's Shrine and the Foundation of Ai Khanoum -Rachel Mairs Chapter 5. Alexander, Agathos Daimon, and Ptolemy: The Alexandrian Foundation Myth in Dialogue -Daniel Ogden Chapter 6. Figuring Rome's Foundation on the Iliac Tablets -Michael Squire Chapter 7. Beyond Greece and Rome: Foundation Myths on Tyrian Coinage in the Third Century ad -Alfred Hirt Epilogue -Robin Osborne List of Contributors Index Acknowledgments

About the Author

Naoise Mac Sweeney is Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Leicester and author of Foundation Myths and Politics in Ancient Ionia.


"An outstanding contribution to the study of foundation myths in ancient societies. Mac Sweeney sets out an exciting new paradigm in which they are treated as segments of multilayered foundation discourse; the individual contributors apply this model to a wide range of ancient societies from Italy to Afghanistan, with breathtaking results."-Ian Rutherford, University of Reading

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