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Description - Concordia Discors by Andrew Scholtz

Writing to a friend, Horace describes the man as fascinated by "the discordant harmony of the cosmos, its purpose and power." Andrew Scholtz takes this notion of "discordant harmony" and argues for it as an aesthetic principle where classical Athenian literature addresses politics in the idiom of sexual desire. His approach is an untried one for this kind of topic. Drawing on theorists of the sociality of language, Scholtz shows how eros, consuming, destabilizing desire, became a vehicle for exploring and exploiting dissonance within the songs Athenians sang about themselves. Thus he shows how societal tension and instability could register as an ideologically charged polyphony in works like the Periclean Funeral Oration, Aristophanes' Knights, and Xenophon's Symposium.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674025981
ISBN-10: 0674025989
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 142mm x mm)
Pages: 226
Imprint: Harvard University, Center for Hellenic Studies
Publisher: Harvard University, Center for Hellenic Studies
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Andrew Scholtz

Andrew Scholtz is Assistant Professor of Classics, Binghampton University.