How are we to understand Solon's departure from Athens "for the sake of theôria" immediately after the introduction of his laws (Hdt. 1.29)? Previous accounts have taken theôria to mean "sightseeing," but the goal of Solon's departure-to avoid explaining or changing the laws-is guaranteed by certain religious features of theôria: the theôros plays the role of civic guardian and must not add to or subtract from an oracle he conveys to the city, and during the theôria the city itself must remain pure and avoid disturbances. Solon adapts these features of theôria to establish his laws as a pseudo-oracular discourse, as a purification of the city, and as a permanent civic medium. The beginning of Solon's open-ended journey thus gives ideological finality to the laws at the middle of the city. This reading of Solon's theôria coheres with other instances of the creative adaptation of ritual in archaic Greek politics. It also develops our understanding of the discourse on theôria as regulating the laws (nomoi) that constitute the political sphere.

[Footnotes]

[Footnotes]
1
Lyotard 135.
2
Goldhill 19.
4
Goldhill 20
Dem. 26.23.
5
Thomas 280
6
Manfredini and Piccirilli 117-19, 263-64.
7
Stroud 41-44.
8
Theognis 19-30
Ford; Edmunds; and Nagy 1985: 32
9
Szegedy-Maszak 208
Svenbro 129-33.
10
Linforth 297-302.
11
Manfredini and Piccirilli 117-18.
12
Plut. Lyc. 4-5.3
Hdt. 1.65.2-66.1.
Delcourt 88
13
Plut. Lyc. 29.
14
Trapez. 17.4
15
Martin 1993: 119.
16
Martin 1993: 116.
Loraux 1988, esp. 106-108
18
Connor 50.
19
Martin 1992: 14.
fr. 2.4 West
frs. 2.1-3, 3.1-2 West
D.L. 1.45
20
Connor 47-49
21
Dougherty 7.
22
Koller 279
Thuc. 5.50.25
23
Rutherford 1998: 132.
Rutherford 1998: 135-53, esp. 135, 140
24
Bill 196
Boesch 4-7.
25
Bill 198
Boesch 4-7
26
Koller 276-79.
Chantraine, [Unrepresented Characters]
27
Rausch 15-18
Boesch 1 with n. 1
Buck 444
Harpocration (pp. 154f. Dindorf)
28
Rutherford 1998: 135.
29
Rausch 14-15, 26-47
Rutherford 1995: 277
31
Chantraine, [Unrepresented Characters]
Nagy 1990b: 164.
32
Koller 273-75.
33
Pokorny, vol.l: 1164.
34
D.L. 1.119
35
Thuc. 6.16.2
Redfield 99
36
Rutherford 1995: 276.
37
Rutherford 1995: 278-92.
38
Snell 1953: 2-4
39
Snell 1975: 277-78.
40
Redfield 99, 102, 117.
41
Euripides' Bacchae
Pentheus "was seen rather than seeing the maenads," [Unrepresented Characters], 1075
Rutherford 1998: 148-50
42
Rausch 27-37
Rutherford 1995: 276-77.
43
Kurke 1999: 146-51
[Unrepresented Characters], 1.33
[Unrepresented Characters], 1.32.6
Morris 129-30.
44
Redfield 17
45
Hartog. Kindstrand 28
Martin 1996: 140
Martin 1996.
46
Soph. OT 114
47
Kurke 1999: 157-60.
48
Nagy 1990b: 164
49
Kurke 1999: 143-46
50
Nagy 1990b: 167n. 93
52
Wilamowitz-Moellendorff, vol.1: 15-16 with n. 22
frs. 5 and 7 West
Linforth 298
Koller 281
Rhodes 170.
53
Koller 281
54
Suda, [Unrepresented Characters]
Nagy 1990b: 164
55
Nagy 1990b: 164-67.
56
Plut. Solon 14.4
Plut. Solon 25.2
57
Plut. Solon 10.1-2
[Unrepresented Characters] [Unrepresented Characters], fr. 5.2 West
[Unrepresented Characters], On Thucydides 5.3
59
Ziehen 1934: 2230-31.
Rutherford 1995.
[Unrepresented Characters], Plut. Solon 21.2
60
Rutherford 1995: 277-78.
61
Vernant 1982: 76-80.
62
Rutherford 1998: 141-45, 1995: 279.
63
Ath.Pol. 11.1
Plut. Solon 25.5
Hdt. 1.29.1.
Plutarch (25.1)
Ath.Pol. (7.2)
Manfredini and Piccirilli 254-55
64
[Unrepresented Characters] [Unrepresented Characters], Politics 13 10b20-22
Newman 1902 ad loc.
Koller 281
Delcourt 69
65
Suda, [Unrepresented Characters]
66
Germain 13-14, 17, 35
67
Morris 114-19, 130-34.
Plut. Solon 1.1
Nagy 1990b: 154n.
68
Morris 113
69
Anhalt 121-22
Loraux 1984, esp. 213
70
Detienne and Svenbro 1989: 150-52, 155, 157-58
Aesop Fable 348
Anhalt 125-34
71
Nagy 1990a: 272n. 13.
72
fr. 10 West
73
Stroud 41-44.
74
Plut. Banquet of the Seven Sages 151F
75
How and Wells 67.
76
Plut. 31.1
D.L. 1.53
aphanisai, Ath.Pol. 22.1
77
Xen. Hieron 1.11ff.
Rutherford 1995: 281-82
78
Szegedy-Maszak 207-208
Svenbro 129-33.
79
Kurke 1991: 15-61.
80
Rutherford 1995: 278-83
81
Michel 210.
82
Rutherford 1995: 282-83
Rausch 1982: 48-55
Koller 281-84.
83
Rutherford 1998: 276.

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