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    DescriptionHow does the funeral oration relate to democracy in ancient Greece? How did the death of an individual citizen-soldier become the occasion to praise the city of Athens? In The Invention of Athens, Nicole Loraux traces the different rhetoric, politics, and ideology of funeral orations--epitaphioi--from Thucidydes, Gorgias, Lysias, and Demosthenes to Plato. Arguing that the ceremony of public burial began circa 508-460 BCE, Loraux demonstrates that the institution of the funeral oration developed under Athenian democracy. A secular, not a religious phenomenon, a literary genre with fixed rhetoric effects, the funeral oration was inextricably linked to the epainos--praise of the city--rather than to a ritualized lament for the dead as is commonly assumed. Above all, the funeral oration celebrated the city of Athens and the Athenian citizen.Loraux interprets the speeches from literary, anthropological, and political perspectives. She explains how these acts of secular speech invented an image of Athens often at odds with the presumed ideals of democracy. To die in battle for the city was presented as an act of civic choice--the "fine" death that defined the citizen-soldier's noble, aristocratic ethos. At the same time, the funeral oration cultivated an image of democracy at a time when there was, for example, no formal theory of a respect for law and liberty, the supremacy of the collective and public over the individual and the private, or freedom of speech.This new edition of The Invention of Athens includes significant revisions made by Nicole Loraux in 1993. Her aim in editing the original text was to render this groundbreaking work accessible to nonspecialists. Loraux's introduction to this revised volume, as well as important revisions to the 1986 English translation, make this publication an important addition to scholarship in the humanities and the social sciences.


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    Title
    The Invention of Athens
    Subtitle
    The Funeral Oration in the Classical City
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Nicole Loraux, Translated by Alan Sheridan
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 539
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 748 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781890951597
    ISBN 10: 1890951595
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
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    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CULT/GREECE
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    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 37
    DC22: 938.5
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: C21250000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010, LIT004190, LAN018000
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    DC22: 885.01093548, 885/.01093548
    LC classification: PA3264 .L6713 2006
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    BISAC region code: 1.7.3.0.0.0.0
    Thema V1.0: NHD, NHC
    Publisher
    ZONE BOOKS
    Imprint name
    ZONE BOOKS
    Publication date
    17 March 2006
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Nicole Loraux (1943-2003) was the author of The Divided City, The Children of Athena, The Experiences of Tiresias, Tragic Ways of Killing a Woman, and Mothers in Mourning, among other titles.