Envy, Poison, and Death

Women on Trial in Classical Athens

Author: Esther Eidinow

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199562601

Category: History

Page: 421

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This volume explores three trials conducted in Athens in the fourth century BCE; the defendants were all women charged with undertaking ritual activities, but much of the evidence remains a mystery. The author reveals how these trials provide a vivid glimpse of the socio-political environment of Athens during this time.
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Theologies of Ancient Greek Religion

Author: Esther Eidinow

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107153476

Category: History

Page: 438

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This book does away once and for all with the assumption that only religions of the book think systematically about god(s).
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Emotions, persuasion, and public discourse in classical Athens

Ancient Emotions II

Author: Dimos Spatharas

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3110618176

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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This book is an addition to the burgeoning secondary literature on ancient emotions. Its primary aim is to suggest possible ways in which recent approaches to emotions can help us understand significant aspects of persuasion in classical antiquity and, especially audiences' psychological manipulation in the civic procedures of classical Athens. Based on cognitive approaches to emotions, Skinner's theoretical work on the language of ideology, or ancient theories about enargeia, the book examines pivotal aspects of psychological manipulation in ancient rhetorical theory and practice. At the same time, the book looks into possible ways in which the emotive potentialities of vision -both sights and mental images- are explained or deployed by orators. The book includes substantial discussion of Gorgias' approach to sights ' emotional qualities and their implications for persuasion and deception and the importance of visuality for Thucydides' analysis of emotions' role in the polis' public communication. It also looks into the deployment of enargeia in forensic narratives revolving around violence. The book also focuses on the ideological implications of envy for the political discourse of classical Athens and emphasizes the rhetorical strategies employed by self-praising speakers who want to preempt their listeners' loathing. The book is therefore a useful addition to the burgeoning secondary literature on ancient emotions. Despite the prominence of emotions in classicists' scholarly work, their implications for persuasion is undeservedly under-researched. By employing appraisal-oriented analysis of emotions this books suggests new methodological approaches to ancient pathopoiia. These approaches take into consideration the wider ideological or cultural contexts which determine individual speakers' rhetorical strategies. This book is the second volume of Ancient Emotions, edited by George Kazantzidis and Dimos Spatharas within the series Trends in Classics. Supplementary Volumes. This project investigates the history of emotions in classical antiquity, providing a home for interdisciplinary approaches to ancient emotions, and exploring the inter-faces between emotions and significant aspects of ancient literature and culture
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Women's Ritual Competence in the Greco-Roman Mediterranean

Author: Matthew Dillon,Esther Eidinow,Lisa Maurizio

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134780591

Category: History

Page: 248

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Contributions in this volume demonstrate how, across the ancient Mediterranean and over hundreds of years, women’s rituals intersected with the political, economic, cultural, or religious spheres of their communities in a way that has only recently started to gain sustained academic attention. The volume aims to tease out a number of different approaches and contexts, and to expand existing studies of women in the ancient world as well as scholarship on religious and social history. The contributors face a famously difficult task: ancient authors rarely recorded aspects of women’s lives, including their songs, prophecies, and prayers. Many of the objects women made and used in ritual were perishable and have not survived; certain kinds of ritual objects (lowly undecorated pots, for example) tend not even to be recorded in archaeological reports. However, the broad range of contributions in this volume demonstrates the multiplicity of materials that can be used as evidence – including inscriptions, textiles, ceramics, figurative art, and written sources – and the range of methodologies that can be used, from analysis of texts, images, and material evidence to cognitive and comparative approaches.
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The Making of Identities in Athenian Oratory

Author: Jakub Filonik,Brenda Griffith-Williams,Janek Kucharski

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1000764087

Category: History

Page: 218

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Focusing on extant speeches from the Athenian Assembly, law, and Council in the fifth–fourth centuries BCE, these essays explore how speakers constructed or deconstructed identities for themselves and their opponents as part of a rhetorical strategy designed to persuade or manipulate the audience. According to the needs of the occasion, speakers could identify the Athenian people either as a unified demos or as a collection of sub-groups, and they could exploit either differences or similarities between Athenians and other Greeks, and between Greeks and ‘barbarians’. Names and naming strategies were an essential tool in the (de)construction of individuals’ identities, while the Athenians’ civic identity could be constructed in terms of honour(s), ethnicity, socio-economic status, or religion. Within the forensic setting, the physical location and procedural conventions of an Athenian trial could shape the identities of its participants in a unique if transient way. The Making of Identities in Athenian Oratory is an insightful look at this understudied aspect of Athenian oratory and will be of interest to anyone working on the speeches themselves, identity in ancient Greece, or ancient oratory and rhetoric more broadly.
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Ancient Divination and Experience

Author: Lindsay G. Driediger-Murphy,Esther Eidinow

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0198844549

Category: China

Page: 288

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This volume sets out to re-examine what ancient people - primarily those in ancient Greek and Roman communities, but also Mesopotamian and Chinese cultures - thought they were doing through divination, and what this can tell us about the religions and cultures in which divination was practised. The chapters, authored by a range of established experts and upcoming early-career scholars, engage with four shared questions: What kinds of gods do ancient forms of divination presuppose? What beliefs, anxieties, and hopes did divination seek to address? What were the limits of human 'control' of divination? What kinds of human-divine relationships did divination create/sustain? The volume as a whole seeks to move beyond functionalist approaches to divination in order to identify and elucidate previously understudied aspects of ancient divinatory experience and practice. Special attention is paid to the experiences of non-elites, the perception of divine presence, the ways in which divinatory techniques could surprise their users by yielding unexpected or unwanted results, the difficulties of interpretation with which divinatory experts were thought to contend, and the possibility that divination could not just ease, but also exacerbate, anxiety in practitioners and consultants.
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Narratives of Time and Gender in Antiquity

Author: Esther Eidinow,Lisa Maurizio

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781138503540

Category: Classical literature

Page: 190

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This volume offers new insights into ancient figurations of temporality by focusing on the relationship between gender and time across a range of genres. Each chapter in this collection places gender at the center of its exploration of time, and the volume includes time in treatises, genealogical lists, calendars, prophetic literature, ritual practice and historical and poetic narratives from the Greco-Roman world. Many of the chapters begin with female characters, but all of them emphasize how and why time is an integral component of ancient categories of female and male. Relying on theorists who offer ways to explore the connections between time and gender encoded in narrative tropes, plots, pronouns, images or metaphors, the contributors tease out how time and gender were intertwined in the symbolic register of Greek and Roman thought. Narratives of Time and Gender in Antiquity provides a rich and provocative theoretical analysis of time--and its relationship to gender--in ancient texts. It will be of interest to anyone working on time in the ancient world, or students of gender in antiquity.
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Narratives of Time and Gender in Antiquity

Author: Esther Eidinow,Lisa Maurizio

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781315145440

Category: History

Page: 190

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"This volume offers new insights into ancient figurations of temporality by focusing on the relationship between gender and time across a range of genres. Each essay in this collection places gender at the center of its exploration of time, and the volume includes time in treatises, genealogical lists, calendars, prophetic literature, ritual practice, and historical and poetic narratives from the Greco-Roman world. Many of the essays begin with female characters, but all of them emphasize how and why time is an integral component of ancient categories of female and male. Relying on theorists who offer ways to explore the connections between time and gender encoded in narrative tropes, plots, pronouns, images, or metaphors, the contributors tease out how time and gender were intertwined in the symbolic register of Greek and Roman thought. Narratives of Time and Gender in Antiquity provides a rich and provocative theoretical analysis of time-and its relationship to gender-in ancient texts. It will be of interest to anyone working on time in the ancient world, or students of gender in antiquity"--
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El Oraculo Oculto (the Hidden Oracle)

Author: Rick Riordan

Publisher: Turtleback Books

ISBN: 9780606400343

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 320

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Tras enfurecer a Zeus, el dios Apolo es desterrado del Olimpo. Debil y desorientado, aterriza en la ciudad de Nueva York convertido en un chico normal. Sin sus poderes divinos y bajo la apariencia de un adolescente que disimula sus cuatro mil anos de edad, Apolo debera aprender a sobrevivir en el mundo moderno mientras busca la manera de recuperar la confianza de Zeus. Pero entre dioses, monstruos y mortales, Apolo tiene muchos enemigos a quienes no les interesa que recupere sus poderes y vuelva al Olimpo. Cuando Apolo se ve en apuros, solo le queda un lugar donde acudir: un refugio secreto de semidioses modernos conocido como el Campamento Mestizo."
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