Describes a Man”), tr. Keeley and Sherrard Fifth-century Athens may represent an extraordinary moment in the history of high culture, but there is nothing unique about the theme of father-son conflict found in its literature. Father-son conflict figures prominently not only in early and later Greek literature, but in the literature, mythology, and art of many different cultures of different eras and different parts of the world. Nor is Athens unique in putting this datum of social practice to ideological use. What is unique and interesting are the details, the particular ideological use which the Athenians made of the conflict.