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Trapped between Athens and Chios: A relationship in fragments

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Articles proclaiming the mimetic power of literature have proliferated in recent decades. It is an approach that can unite even those who might otherwise disagree violently on methodology. This chapter shows how such an approach might be useful for thinking about the work of Ion of Chios. It examines the methods by which Ion is able to establish a way of being. Ion exists at the beginning of history in two senses. First, he belongs to the generation of writers whom we might regard as the founders of history. Secondly, in the period in which he lives, the narrative about Greek history changes. The chapter states that one of the important operational factors in Ion's writing was his status as a Chian foreigner who was implicated in the cultural life of a hegemonic power. Finally, it examines the inter-state relations between Athens and Chios during Ion's life.

Keywords: Athens; Chian foreigner; Greek history; Ion of Chios



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