Epea and Grammata. Oral and Written Communication in Ancient Greece: Orality and Literacy in Ancient Greece Vol. 4

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This volume deals with aspects of orality and oral traditions in ancient Greece, and is a selection of refereed papers from the fourth biennial Orality and Literacy in Ancient Greece conference, held at the University of Missouri Columbia in 2000.
The book is divided into three parts: literature, rhetoric and society, and philosophy. The papers focus on genres such as epic poetry, drama, poetry and art, public oratory, legislative procedure, and Simplicius’ philosophy. All ...

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Overview

This volume deals with aspects of orality and oral traditions in ancient Greece, and is a selection of refereed papers from the fourth biennial Orality and Literacy in Ancient Greece conference, held at the University of Missouri Columbia in 2000.
The book is divided into three parts: literature, rhetoric and society, and philosophy. The papers focus on genres such as epic poetry, drama, poetry and art, public oratory, legislative procedure, and Simplicius’ philosophy. All papers present new approaches to their topics or ask new and provocative questions.

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A selection of papers originally presented at the June 2000 conference of the same name. Worthington (history, U. of Missouri) and Foley (classical studies and English, U. of Missouri) present nine contributions, penned mainly by classicists, which look at literature, rhetoric and society, and philosophy. Specific topics include audience distrust of oratory in Athens, ritual speech in early Greek song, the role of memory in the dialogue of the Homeric epics, and the use of quotations in the philosophy of Simplicius. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004124554
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/21/2001
  • Series: Mnemosyne, Supplements Series , #230
  • Pages: 210
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Worthington is Professor of Greek History at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has published extensively on Greek history, oratory, and epigraphy, including A Historical Commentary on Dinarchus (University of Michigan Press, 1992), Greek Orators II (Aris & Phillips, 1999), and his edited books include Persuasion, Greek Rhetoric in Action (Routledge, 1994), Voice Into Text: Orality and Literacy in Ancient Greece (Brill, 1996) and Demosthenes, Statesman and Orator (2000).
John Miles Foley, Byler Chair in the Humanities and Curators' Professor of Classical Studies and English at the University of Missouri, specializes in ancient Greek, medieval English, and South Slavic verbal art. His most recent books are Homer's Traditional Art (Penn State, 1999) and How to Read an Oral Poem (Illinois, 2001).
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Table of Contents

Preface
List of Illustrations
Notes on Contributors
Pt. 1 Literature, Art, and Drama
Ch. 1 Editing and Translating Traditional Oral Epic: The South Slavic Songs and Homer 3
Ch. 2 Ritual Speech in Early Greek Song 29
Ch. 3 The Evocation of Emotional Response in Early Greek Poetry and Painting 55
Ch. 4 Speech Acts in the Everyday World and in Homer: The Rebuke as a Case Study 71
Ch. 5 Homeric Signs and Flashbulb Memory 99
Ch. 6 Dancing the Alphabet: Performative Literacy on the Attic Stage 117
Pt. 2 Rhetoric and Society
Ch. 7 Entertainment and Democratic Distrust: The Audience's Attitude towards Oral and Written Oratory in Classical Athens 133
Ch. 8 Literacy, Orality, and Legislative Procedure in Classical Athens 147
Pt. 3 Philosophy
Ch. 9 Philology or Philosophy? Simplicius on the Use of Quotations 173
Bibliography 191
Index 203
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