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A Companion to Ancient Epic / Edition 1

A Companion to Ancient Epic / Edition 1

by John Miles Foley
     
 

ISBN-10: 1405105240

ISBN-13: 9781405105248

Pub. Date: 09/26/2005

Publisher: Wiley

Epic was the master-genre of the ancient world: it was central to group identity, education, literature, and culture. Yet modern understanding of ancient epic is not static, and scholarship over the last few decades has transformed the ways that we conceive of and understand the genre, introducing topics such as the role of women, the history of reception, and

Overview

Epic was the master-genre of the ancient world: it was central to group identity, education, literature, and culture. Yet modern understanding of ancient epic is not static, and scholarship over the last few decades has transformed the ways that we conceive of and understand the genre, introducing topics such as the role of women, the history of reception, and comparison with living analogues from oral tradition.

A Companion to Ancient Epic presents for the first time a comprehensive, up-to-date overview of ancient Near Eastern, Greek, and Roman epic. It offers a multidisciplinary discussion of both long-standing ideas and newer perspectives.

A key feature of the volume, designed to make the book as useful as possible, is the index of poems, poets, technical terms, important figures, and other relevant literary and artistic works. The Companion will be required reading for all students of ancient literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405105248
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/26/2005
Series:
Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World Series, #23
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
692
Product dimensions:
7.05(w) x 9.95(h) x 1.66(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Notes on Contributors xi

Abbreviated Source Editions and Lexica xvii

Maps xx

Introduction: A Prolegomenon to Ancient Greek Government 1
Hans Beck

PART I Greek Government in History 7

1 The Rise of State Action in the Archaic Age 9
Jonathan M. Hall

2 The Classical Greek Polis and Its Government 22
Barry Strauss

3 Dynastic Courts of the Hellenistic Empires 38
Rolf Strootman

4 Hellenistic Cities: The End of Greek Democracy? 54
Hans-Ulrich Wiemer

PART II Ancient Templates and Typologies 71

5 Archaic and Classical Greek Reflections on Politics and Government: From Description to Conceptualization, Analysis, and Theory 73
Kurt A. Raaflaub

6 Plato’s View on Greek Government 93
Luc Brisson

7 Aristotle 105
Peter L.P. Simpson

8 Polybios on Government, Interstate Relations, and Imperial Expansion 119
Craige B. Champion

9 One-Man Government: The Greeks and Monarchy 131
Nino Luraghi

10 Unlike(ly) Twins? Democracy and Oligarchy in Context 146
Hartmut Leppin

PART III To Rule and Be Ruled: Greek Governing Bodies 159

11 Citizenship, the Citizen Body, and its Assemblies 161
Josine Blok

12 Officials and Office-Holding 176
Alex McAuley

13 Councils in Greek Oligarchies and Democracies 191
Robert W. Wallace

14 Law Courts 205
Domingo Avilès and David C. Mirhady

PART IV Process and Procedure 219

15 Laws and Legislation in Ancient Greece 221
Michael Gagarin

16 Tyche’s Force: Lottery and Chance in Greek Government 235
Elizabeth Kosmetatou

17 Governmental Checks and Balances 252
Pierre Fróhlich

18 Forms and Forums of Public Speech 267
Loren J. Samons II

PART V Responsibilities and Realms of Action 285

19 Public Administration 287
Frances Pownall

20 Greek Government and Education: Re-examining the eph¯ebeia 302
Lynn Kozak

21 Government and Warfare 317
John Serrati

22 Finance and Taxes 332
Vincent Gabrielsen

23 Greek Government and the Organization of Time 349
Robert Hannah

24 The Religious Management of the polis: Oracles and Political Decision-Making 366
Pierre Bonnechere

PART VI Space and Memory 383

25 Spaces of Government: Civic Architecture and Memory 385
Charles W. Hedrick, Jr.

26 Keeping Record, Making Public: The Epigraphy of Government 400
Adele C. Scafuro

27 Monumental Representations of Government 417
Jenifer Neils

28 State Festivals and Celebrations 432
Pauline Schmitt Pantel

PART VII Government Beyond the City-State 449

29 Greek Amphiktyonies: An Experiment in Transregional Governance 451
Peter Funke

30 Polis and koinon: Federal Government in Greece 466
Jeremy McInerney

31 Governing Interstate Alliances 480
Thomas Figueira and Sean R. Jensen

32 Interstate Governance: Arbitration and Peacekeeping 497
Sheila L. Ager

Epilogue: The Legacy of Greek Government – Something That Has ‘‘Never Occurred Again’’? 512
Uwe Walter

Bibliography 525

Index 581

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