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La mer juste : Solon 12 W

Abstract : This study of Solon, fr. 12 W, intends to understand how the metaphor the poet resorts to in order to speak of the sea as something fair works and how it enables to characterize this physical element, which is unstable by nature, through ethical concepts that rather refer to the idea of balance. The Iliadic comparison of the people with the sea is implicitly taken up here and it is thought over in this riddle-like distich. By means of the metaphor, which naturalizes the political and politicizes the natural, the poet can express a dynamic conception of practical justice, derived from an activity, and a representation of the world order which come to enrich a reflection on ethical practice and political action that is also found in other poems attributed to Solon.
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Fabienne Blaise. La mer juste : Solon 12 W. Revue des Etudes Grecques, [Paris]: [Association pour l'encouragement des études grecques en France], 2011, pp.535-547. ⟨halshs-00669145⟩



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