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    DescriptionThis study of the language of insult charts abuse in classical Athenian literature that centres on the mouth and its appetites, especially talking, eating, drinking, and sexual activities. Attic comedy, Platonic dialogue, and fourth-century oratory often deploy insulting depictions of the mouth and its excesses in order to deride professional speakers as sophists, demagogues, and women. Although the patterns of imagery explored are very prominent in ancient invective and later western literary traditions, this is the first book to discuss this phenomenon in classical literature. It responds to a growing interest in both abusive speech genres and the representation of the body, illuminating an iambic discourse that isolates the intemperate mouth as a visible emblem of behaviours ridiculed in the democratic arenas of classical Athens.


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    Title
    Abusive Mouths in Classical Athens
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Nancy Worman
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 398
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 771 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521857871
    ISBN 10: 0521857872
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    BIC subject category V2: C
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    B&T Book Type: NF
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    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AHA
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    B&T Approval Code: A14202030
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    B&T Approval Code: A23500000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, LIT004190
    B&T Approval Code: A24200000
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    BISAC V2.8: LCO003000
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    DC22: 880.9001, 881/.0109, 881.0109
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    LC classification: PA3015.I62 W67 2008
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    Thema V1.0: DSBB
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    30 June 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Author Information
    Nancy Worman is Associate Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at Barnard College, Columbia University, and author of The Cast of Character: Style in Greek Literature (2002).
    Table of contents
    Introduction; 1. The mouth and its uses in Homer, iambos, and tragedy; 2. Open mouths and abusive talk in Aristophanes; 3. Gluttonous speechifying in Euripides' Cyclops; 4. Crude talk and fancy fare in Plato; 5. Defamation and oral excess in Demosthenes and Aeschines; 6. The intemperate mouth in Aristotle and Theophrastus; Epilogue.