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Kirby Smith explores varying 5th and 4th century BC accounts of the life and demise of Gyges, best known from Herodotous' History.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-60724-625-1
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Publication Status: In Print

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 376
Publication Date: Sep 23,2009
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 49
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-60724-625-1
$41.00

Kirby Flower Smith was a scholar known for his works on Tibullus and Martial. In this essay, he reconstructs the old popular tale of Gyges which appears to have been current in the times of Herodotos and Plato. Gyges was a king of Lydia whose history varies wildly according to author. In this piece Prof. Smith does not intend to uncover the historical Gyges, but instead provides a survey of the varying accounts of his life as a way of exploring the various agendas of the authors themselves. A companion piece for those with an interest in Herodotos, and certainly a good example of the possibilities of comparative literature in historical topics.

Kirby Flower Smith was a scholar known for his works on Tibullus and Martial. In this essay, he reconstructs the old popular tale of Gyges which appears to have been current in the times of Herodotos and Plato. Gyges was a king of Lydia whose history varies wildly according to author. In this piece Prof. Smith does not intend to uncover the historical Gyges, but instead provides a survey of the varying accounts of his life as a way of exploring the various agendas of the authors themselves. A companion piece for those with an interest in Herodotos, and certainly a good example of the possibilities of comparative literature in historical topics.

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Kirby Flower Smith

  • II - THE TALE OF GYGES AND THE KING OF LYDIA: I (page 5)
  • AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHILOLOGY: I - THE TALE OF GYGES AND THE KING OF LYDIA: II (page 27)