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Chapter 5 - Greed

from Part II - Morality at Sea

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 September 2020

Emily Kneebone
Affiliation:
University of Nottingham
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Several of the themes that have emerged in the exploration of guile and trickery in Chapter 4 – Oppian’s emphasis on the Odyssean qualities of fishing, as well as a fascination with short-sighted or impulsive behaviour and its evil consequences – take on particular force in the third book of the Halieutica, which turns from cunning to greed, and from fish to fishing. Fish, we are told, are inescapably σιφλός – deficient, lazy, gluttonous, blindly self-destructive –1 and the fisherman’s use of bait turns the creatures’ own appetites against them, exploiting their precipitous passions.

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Oppian's Halieutica
Charting a Didactic Epic
, pp. 145 - 166
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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  • Greed
  • Emily Kneebone, University of Nottingham
  • Book: Oppian's <I>Halieutica</I>
  • Online publication: 24 September 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108892728.006
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  • Greed
  • Emily Kneebone, University of Nottingham
  • Book: Oppian's <I>Halieutica</I>
  • Online publication: 24 September 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108892728.006
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  • Greed
  • Emily Kneebone, University of Nottingham
  • Book: Oppian's <I>Halieutica</I>
  • Online publication: 24 September 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108892728.006
Available formats
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