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Meeting Different Needs The Implied Readers of the ‘Pythagorean’ Kingship Treatises

Abstract : This article proposes a comparative approach to the ‘Pythagorean’ kingship treatises, centered on a consideration of their place in the wider marketplace of kingship material and their implied readership in the later Hellenistic and Imperial periods. A comparison with the Kingship Orations of Dio Chrysostom provides an informative way of more closely defining what they do and do not offer the reader. However, this approach needs to be supplemented by comparisons with other ‘rival’ texts, and by a view of the range and variety of reading communities that we should envisage for this period.
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Michael Trapp. Meeting Different Needs The Implied Readers of the ‘Pythagorean’ Kingship Treatises. KTÈMA Civilisations de l'Orient, de la Grèce et de Rome antiques, Université de Strasbourg, 2020, Les traités néopythagoriciens Sur la royauté, 45, pp.143-160. ⟨halshs-03071732⟩

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