Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - Sympotica by Oswyn Murray

Rituals of commensality are fundamental to the understanding of human societies; the symposion or male drinking group of archaic and classical Greece was an institution whose effects can be detected in the painted pottery and the poetry created for its use, and in many areas of ancient Greek social life, from politics and warfare to sexual attitudes and conceptions of pleasure; Greek sympotic customs spread to other cultures throughout the Mediterranean, with important consequences for their development. Sympotica is the first book to be published on the symposion as a whole. It is the record of a symposium held in Oxford in 1984; the contributions discuss the importance of Greek drinking customs for anthropology, archaeology, art history, literary studies, history, and philosophy, and demonstrate the need for an inter-disciplinary approach. The editor provides a historical introduction to the field of sympotic studies, and a general bibliography. Twenty-four plates illustrate the art of the symposion, and three concluding chapters consider the influence of Greek commensality on the Roman world. The work opens up a new field of research into the cultures of the ancient world.

Buy Sympotica by Oswyn Murray from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780198150046
ISBN-10: 0198150040
Format: Paperback
(246mm x 189mm x 21mm)
Pages: 362
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 5-Jan-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Other Editions - Sympotica by Oswyn Murray

Book Reviews - Sympotica by Oswyn Murray

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Sympotica book by Oswyn Murray and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review


Author Biography - Oswyn Murray

Oswyn Murray is the editor (along with Jasper Griffin and John Boardman) of The Oxford History of the Classical World, and (with Simon Price) of The Greek City from Homer to Alexander (Clarendon Paperbacks). He has also published Early Greece with Fontana (1980).

Books By Oswyn Murray

Athens: Its Rise and Fall by Oswyn Murray
Paperback, January 2012
$71.99
Mediterranean In The Ancient World, by Oswyn Murray
Paperback, April 2002
$27.90
Oxford History of the Roman World by Oswyn Murray
Paperback, September 2001
$41.12