The End of Dialogue in Antiquity
Edited by Simon Goldhill
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End of Dialogue in Antiquity by Simon Goldhill
Book Description'Dialogue' was invented as a written form in democratic Athens and made a celebrated and popular literary and philosophical style by Plato. Yet it almost completely disappeared in the Christian empire of late antiquity. This book, a general and systematic study of the genre in antiquity, asks: who wrote dialogues and why? Why did dialogue no longer attract writers in the later period in the same way? Investigating dialogue goes to the heart of the central issues of power, authority, openness and playfulness in changing cultural contexts. This book analyses the relationship between literary form and cultural authority in a new and exciting way, and encourages closer reflection about the purpose of dialogue in its wider social, cultural and religious contexts in today's world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521887748
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 8-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Simon Goldhill
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This book contains essays by international experts on Sophocles, asking why he matters, and why he is still read and performed today.
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Author Biography - Simon Goldhill
Simon Goldhill is Professor of Greek at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of King's College. He has published widely on many aspects of Greek literature, including Reading Greek Tragedy (1986), Foucault's Virginity (1995), Who Needs Greek? (2002), and How to Stage Greek Tragedy Today (2007). He is in demand as a lecturer all over the world and is a regular broadcaster on radio and television.
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