Abusive Mouths in Classical Athens
By (author) Nancy Worman
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Abusive Mouths in Classical Athens by Nancy Worman
Book DescriptionThis study of the language of insult charts abuse in classical Athenian literature that centres on the mouth and its appetites, especially talking, eating, drinking, and sexual activities. Attic comedy, Platonic dialogue, and fourth-century oratory often deploy insulting depictions of the mouth and its excesses in order to deride professional speakers as sophists, demagogues, and women. Although the patterns of imagery explored are very prominent in ancient invective and later western literary traditions, this is the first book to discuss this phenomenon in classical literature. It responds to a growing interest in both abusive speech genres and the representation of the body, illuminating an iambic discourse that isolates the intemperate mouth as a visible emblem of behaviours ridiculed in the democratic arenas of classical Athens.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521857871
(228mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 10-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Space, Place, and Landscape in Ancient Greek Literature and Culture, Hardback (September 2014)
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Abusive Mouths in Classical Athens, Paperback (February 2011)» View all books by Nancy Worman
A fascinating study examining the imagery of the mouth in classical Athenian invective.
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Author Biography - Nancy Worman
Nancy Worman is Associate Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at Barnard College, Columbia University, and author of The Cast of Character: Style in Greek Literature (2002).
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