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The Profanation Of The Mysteries And The Mutilation Of The Hermae. Two Variations On Two Themes

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This chapter focuses on how two writers i.e. Thucydides and Andocides, who both give an account of the profanation of the Mysteries and the mutilation of the Hermae in Athens in, may use the historical present to refer to what they saw as the most important of these events. For both writers these were not the sacrilegious acts as such but the actions involving the search for the culprits, who had to be found at all cost, in view of the imminent expedition to Sicily. The sheer possibility that the offenders might be walking around unpunished spelt disaster for the expedition. Of these actions the most important one, again for both writers, was the giving of incriminating information.

Keywords: Andocides; Hermae; Thucydides



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