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Abusive Mouths in Classical Athens

ISBN-10: 0521857872

ISBN-13: 9780521857871

Edition: 2008

Authors: Nancy Worman

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In Attic comedy, Platonic dialogue, and fourth-century oratory scornful analogies with low-status demeanors most often serve to denigrate public speakers and civic educators - that is, sophists, demagogues, and poets. In this study of the language of insult, Professor Worman charts abuse in classical Athenian literature that centres on the mouth and its activities, especially talking, eating, drinking, and sexual practices. The patterns of imagery that are discovered dominate ancient invective and pervade insulting talk in western cultures. This is the first book to discuss this phenomenon in classical literature, supplementing the burgeoning interest in both abusive speech genres and the representation of the body. It demonstrates that, in the classical period, public mockery of professional speakers forges an iambic discourse that isolates the intemperate mouth as a visible emblem of behaviours pilloried in the democratic arena.
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Book details

List price: $124.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/10/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 398
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

NANCY WORMAN is Assistant Professor of Classics at Barnard College, Columbia University.

Acknowledgments
List of abbreviations
Introduction
The mouth and its abuses in epic, lyric, and tragedy
Open mouths and abusive talk in Aristophanes
Gluttonous speechifying in Euripides' Cyclops
Crude talk and fancy fare in Plato
Defamation and oral excesses in Aeschines and Demosthenes
The intemperate mouth in Aristotle and Theophrastus
Epilogue
Bibliography
Index locorum
General index