Let Us Obey. The Rhetoric of Spartan Identity in Tyrtaeus 2W

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Abstract

This paper examines the construction of a civic we-identity in the fragments of Tyrtaeus’ Eunomia, focusing on fr. 2 and the strategies by which the poet sought to create a salient we-identity predicated on obedience to the Herakleidai/kings of Sparta and on a past history shared by speaker and audience. I end the paper with a comparison of Herakleid descent in fr. 2 with that in fr. 11 to demonstrate how the rhetorical presentation of identity shifts depending on performance context and poetic genre.

Let Us Obey. The Rhetoric of Spartan Identity in Tyrtaeus 2W

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