Cultural Poetics in Archaic Greece: Cult, Performance, Politics

Cultural Poetics in Archaic Greece: Cult, Performance, Politics


Edited by Carol Dougherty, Edited by Leslie Kurke

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 181mm x 255mm x 17mm | 647g
  • Publication date: 23 July 1998
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0195124154
  • ISBN 13: 9780195124156
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: halftones, figures
  • Sales rank: 1,328,860

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This is a paperback reprint of a hardback originally published by Cambridge University Press in 1993, and derived from a seminal conference held at Wellesley in 1990. Among the scholarly community, the book is generally regarded as the first critical milestone in the cultural poetics movement, which lies at the intersection of New Historicism and classical studies.

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All of these essays help us to rethink old approaches to archaic Greece, and they will undoubtedly inspire new scholarship for many years to come. Susan O Shapiro, Religious Studies Review, Vol.26, No.3. This book provides a fascinating insight into a range of cultural, historical, political and literary aspects of archaic Greece...the articles are very clearly written and usually execute the cross-disciplinary exercise with uncommon good sense. Ancient History Some of the most interesting work in classical studies in the past twenty years. Classical Philology

Table of contents

1. Introduction ; 2. Poetics of Power: The Interpretation of Ritual Action in Archaic Greece ; 3. The Archaeology of Ancestors ; 4. Divine Selection: Epiphany and Politics in Archaic Greece ; 5. Hipparchos and the Rhapsodes ; 6. The Seven Sages as Performers of Wisdom ; 7. The Economy of Kudos ; 8. Hero Cult and Politics in Herodotus: The Bones of Orestes ; 9. It's Murder to Found a Colony ; 10. Thucydides' Solonion Reflections ; 11. The Athenian Revolution of 508/7 BCE: Violence, Authority, and the Origins of Democracy ; Bibliography