The Masters of Truth in Archaic Greece
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The Masters of Truth in Archaic Greece

By Marcel Detienne

Translated by Janet Lloyd

Foreword by Pierre Vidal-Naquet

Distributed for Zone Books

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The acclaimed French classicist Marcel Detienne's first book traces the odyssey of "truth," aletheia, from mytho-religious concept to philosophical thought in archaic Greece. Detienne begins by examining how truth in Greek literature first emerges as an enigma. He then looks at the movement from a religious to a secular thinking about truth in the speech of the sophists and orators. His study culminates with an original interpretation of Parmenides' poem on Being.

Hardcover

$36.95 S ISBN: 9780942299854 232 pp. | 9 in x 6 in

Paperback

$19.95 T ISBN: 9780942299861 232 pp. | 9 in x 6 in

Contributors

Janet Lloyd and Pierre Vidal-Naquet.

Reviews

  • Richly suggestive and written with verve and wit...

    Choice

  • A penetrating study of the meaning of 'truth' in archaic Greece.

    Parabola

Endorsements

  • Marcel Detienne undertakes a new and daring intellectual project with both rigor and erudition.... A fascinating study which is essential reading for sociologists of religion and historians of philosophy alike.

    Jean-Pierre Vernant