Starting from an analysis of the relationship between poetry (or culture) and diplomacy in the Greek poleis, this paper discusses the case of some IVth century «star–actors» who were involved in the awkward negotiations between Athens and Philip II of Macedonia; the aim is to test if the common assumption that they were chosen because of their theatrical fame – as a form of “celebrity diplomacy” of nowadays – can be accepted, or if their choice depended in fact on more intentional interests, as part of a strategic use, by the Athenians, of their «soft power».

Celebrity diplomacy? Poeti e attori nelle ambascerie delle città greche

GAZZANO, FRANCESCA
2016

Abstract

Starting from an analysis of the relationship between poetry (or culture) and diplomacy in the Greek poleis, this paper discusses the case of some IVth century «star–actors» who were involved in the awkward negotiations between Athens and Philip II of Macedonia; the aim is to test if the common assumption that they were chosen because of their theatrical fame – as a form of “celebrity diplomacy” of nowadays – can be accepted, or if their choice depended in fact on more intentional interests, as part of a strategic use, by the Athenians, of their «soft power».
Après une introduction générale sur le rapport entre la culture (notamment poétique) et la diplomatie dans les cités grecques, on considère de plus près le cas de quelques « acteurs–vedette » du IVe siècle qui ont oeuvré dans les délicates négociations entre Athènes et Philippe II de Macédoine. Ces acteurs sont considérés couramment comme des exemples de « celebrity diplomacy », qui auraient été choisis en raison de leur notoriété. Dans cette communication, on testera si cette hypothèse est correcte, tout en essayant de vérifier si le choix de ces acteurs ne dépendait également d’une stratégie plus intentionnelle, visant à les utiliser comme instruments du « soft power » de la cité athénienne.
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