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The Bad Boyfriend, The Flatterer And The Sykophant: Related Forms Of The Kakos In Democratic Athens

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This chapter has three sections, all of which seek to bring into closer association the three abusive character stereotypes of the title designating individuals in Athens as (a) a pornos, euruprôktos, katapugôn or other label for an immoral boyfriend of an older man; (b) a kolax or other label for flatterer or toady; (c) a sukophantês, one involved in legal operations for the wrong motives. It seeks to justify the claim that these three labels designated powerful exempla of the kakos or ponêros in large part. The chapter suggests that such characters were all seen as threats to the moral values of the city and the cohesive running of its institutions. It argues that a key to understanding the prevalence of such bogey figures lies in the effects of the post-Cleisthenic institutions and suggests that specific moral concerns found expression in a series of legislative changes.

Keywords: democratic Athens; euruprôktos; flatterer; immoral boyfriend; kakos; katapugôn; sukophantês



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