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Archaic Greek Epigram and Dedication Representation and Reperformance

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ISBN-10: 0521896304

ISBN-13: 9780521896306

Edition: 2010

Authors: Joseph W. Day

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Book details

List price: $106.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/28/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 344
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Joseph W. Day is Professor of Classics at Wabash College, Indiana and frequent Senior Associate Member of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. He is the author of The Glory of Athens: The Popular Tradition in Aelius Aristides (1980); but subsequently he has focused on earlier inscribed Greek epigram, contributing to many journals and edited collections on that subject.

List of illustrations
Preface
List of abbreviations
(Re) presentation and (re)performance
Questions about reception
Straightforward representation
A thesis: (re)presentation generates (re)performance
The argument of the book
Scholarly context
Telesinos again
Contexts of encounters and the question of reading
Did Greeks view dedications and read their inscriptions?
Reading Mantiklos' epigram (CEG326)
Efforts to attract and guide reading
Literary evidence for epigraphic literacy
Circumstances of viewing and reading
How readings are attracted
How readings are guided
Presenting the dedication
Naming the dedication agalma
The theme of agalma
Agalma as performance frame
Agalma: theme, frame, reperformance
Appendix: How not to define agalma in inscriptions
Presenting the god
Epigraphic divine names: representation and effects
Activation of ritual: praising, conjuring, and constructing gods
(Re)presentation of ritual: the Athenian Akropolis and the Panathenaia
Conclusion: reperforming the Panathenaia
Presenting the dedicator
Piety or display?
The dedicator's family
The dedicator's achievement, especially athletic
Piety and display
Presenting the act of dedicating
Charis: then, now, forever
The theme of charis
The frame of charis
The charis of the encounter
The reperformance of charis
Bibliography
Index of inscriptions and passages discussed
Greek index
Subject index