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PLUTARCH’S THEMISTOCLES: THE SERPENT OF HELLAS

@inproceedings{Finn2020PLUTARCHSTT,
  title={PLUTARCH’S THEMISTOCLES: THE SERPENT OF HELLAS},
  author={J. Finn},
  year={2020}
}
In Plutarch’s Themistocles, the general and expatriate is thrice referenced using snake imagery. This article argues that Plutarch deliberately uses snake motifs at loaded points in the narrative to express the transformations of the general’s image in Athenian social memory, and to direct his reader towards a certain interpretation of the general’s legacy. In the centuries between the Persian Wars and the composition of Plutarch’s Lives, Themistocles had been variously represented in Athenian… Expand

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