Silence in the Land of Logos

Author: Silvia Montiglio

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0691146586

Category: History

Page: 360

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In ancient Greece, the spoken word connoted power, whether in the free speech accorded to citizens or in the voice of the poet, whose song was thought to know no earthly bounds. But how did silence fit into the mental framework of a society that valued speech so highly? Here Silvia Montiglio provides the first comprehensive investigation into silence as a distinctive and meaningful phenomenon in archaic and classical Greece. Arguing that the notion of silence is not a universal given but is rather situated in a complex network of associations and values, Montiglio seeks to establish general principles for understanding silence through analyses of cultural practices, including religion, literature, and law. Unlike the silence of a Christian before an ineffable God, which signifies the uselessness of words, silence in Greek religion paradoxically expresses the power of logos--for example, during prayer and sacrifice, it serves as a shield against words that could offend the gods. Montiglio goes on to explore silence in the world of the epic hero, where words are equated with action and their absence signals paralysis or tension in power relationships. Her other examples include oratory, a practice in which citizens must balance their words with silence in very complex ways in order to show that they do not abuse their right to speak. Inquiries into lyric poetry, drama, medical writings, and historiography round out this unprecedented study, revealing silence as a force in its own right.
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Lyric Texts and Lyric Consciousness

The Birth of a Genre from Archaic Greece to Augustan Rome

Author: Paul Allen Miller

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134846614

Category: History

Page: 248

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Lyric Texts and Lyric Consciousness presents a model for studying the history of lyric as a genre. Prof Miller draws a distinction between the work of the Greek lyrists and the more condensed, personal poetry that we associate with lyric. He then confronts the theoretical issues and presents a sophisticated, Bakhtinian reading of the development of the lyric form from its origins in archaic Greece to the more individualist style of Augustan Rome. This book will appeal to classicists and, since English translations of passages from the ancient authors are provided, to those who specialise in comparative literature.
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Sappho's Sweetbitter Songs

Author: Lyn Hatherly Wilson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134799721

Category: History

Page: 240

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First published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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Ancient Greece

Social and Historical Documents from Archaic Times to the Death of Socrates

Author: N.A

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134603711

Category: History

Page: 560

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First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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Das frühe Sparta

Author: Andreas Luther,Mischa Meier,Lukas Thommen

Publisher: Franz Steiner Verlag

ISBN: 9783515086356

Category: History

Page: 224

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Kaum ein Thema der griechischen Geschichte ist in den letzten Jahren so breit und kontrovers diskutiert worden wie das antike Sparta. Im Zentrum steht die Frage nach der Entstehung und dem Charakter dieses Gemeinwesens, dessen Gestalt schon in der Antike zu einem vielfach zitierten Vorbild wurde. Der auf eine Berliner Tagung von Sparta-Spezialisten zurueckgehende Sammelband versucht hier Orientierung zu schaffen und fuer die Erforschung des fruehen Sparta neue Perspektiven aufzu zeigen. Aus dem Inhalt Einleitung: Uberlegungen zum fruehen Sparta Lukas Thommen: Das Territorium des fruehen Sparta in Mythos, Epos und Forschung Karl-Wilhelm Welwei: Uberlegungen zur fruehen Helotie in Lakonien Martin Dreher: Die Primitivitat der spartanischen Verfassung Alberto Maffi: Recht und Rechtsprechung in Sparta Andreas Luther: Die Volksversammlung in Sparta Winfried Schmitz: Die Macht ueber die Sprache. Kommunikation, Politik und soziale Ordnung in Sparta Mischa Meier: Wann entstand das Homoios-Ideal in Sparta? Hans van Wees: , The Oath of the Sworn Bandsae. The Acharnae Stela, the Oath of Plataea and Archaic Spartan Warefare Ernst Baltrusch: Polis und Gastfreundschaft: Die Grundlagen der spartanischen Auaenpolitik Stefan Rebenich: Leonidas und die Thermopylen. Zum Sparta-Bild in der deutschen Altertumswissenschaft Register."
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The Crooked Kings of Ancient Greece

Author: Daniel Ogden

Publisher: Bristol Classical Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 256

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By comparing traditional narratives concerning archaic colonists and tyrants, Ogden shows that monarchic rulers in archaic Greece were often paradoxically conceptualized as deformed scapegoats or as evil malformed babies of sinister birth. This way of thinking helped to explain their extraordinary power, for they embodied in their twisted limbs a terrible pollution that enabled them to overthrow their communities. The author considers a diverse range of related themes, including the myth of Oedipus, the fables of Aesop, the meanings attached to monkeys, pigs and mice, demonic cooks, the characters of early farce, Spartan hairstyles, and the beginnings of Greek democracy and ostracism at Athens.
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The seal of Orestes

self-reference and authority in Sophocles' Electra

Author: Ann G. Batchelder

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 163

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