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Hardcover | $36.95 Short | £30.95 | 232 pp. | 6 x 9 in | July 1996 | ISBN: 9780942299854
Paperback | $19.95 Trade | £14.95 | 232 pp. | 6 x 9 in | October 1999 | ISBN: 9780942299861
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The Masters of Truth in Archaic Greece

Translated by Janet Lloyd


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.


“Richly suggestive and written with verve and wit. . .”—Choice
“A penetrating study of the meaning of ‘truth’ in archaic Greece.”—Parabola


“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