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Remember To Cry Wolf: Visual And Verbal Declarations Of Lykos Kalos

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This chapter explores the relationship of Onesimos' cup to the proverbs preserved in Plato and Theocritus. It shows how and why it is invoked by both the kylix and the literary passages. The chapter situates the superstition in the symposion, where spoken and written modes of communication vie with another, just as do textual and iconographical modes of commemoration in late archaic and early classical Greece. On the interior and exterior of the kylix both the names, Lykos and Erothemis, share the adjective kalos-in the erotic context of the symposion both men are honoured as handsome and sexually desirable-but that is the extent of their common characteristics. The chapter pursues the proverb further, exploring what it is about the figure of the wolf that lends itself to this superstitious notion, why it is the power of speech that is compromised, and in what particular ways becoming mute is a threat.

Keywords: early classical Greece; iconographical modes; kalos; lykos; Onesimos' kylix



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