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    DescriptionThe symposion was a key cultural phenomenon in ancient Greece. This book investigates its place in ancient Greek society and thought by exploring the rhetorical dynamics of its representations in literature and art. Across genres, individual Greeks constructed visions of the party and its performances that offered persuasive understandings of the event and its participants. Sympotic representations thus communicated ideas which, set within broader cultural conversations, could possess a discursive edge. Hence, at the symposion, sympotic styles and identities might be promoted, critiqued and challenged. In the public imagination, the ethics of Greeks and foreigners might be interrogated and political attitudes intimated. Symposia might be suborned into historical narratives about struggles for power. And for philosophers, writing a Symposium was itself a rhetorical act. Investigating the symposion's discursive potential enhances understanding of how the Greeks experienced and conceptualized the symposion and demonstrates its contribution to the Greek thought world.

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    The Symposion in Ancient Greek Society and Thought
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    By (author) Fiona Hobden
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    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 314
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 590 g
    ISBN 13: 9781107026667
    ISBN 10: 1107026660

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    LC classification: DF100 .H65 2013
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    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    7 b/w illus.
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    30 April 2013
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    Author Information
    Fiona Hobden is a Senior Lecturer in Greek Culture at the University of Liverpool, where she teaches courses on various aspects of ancient Greek cultural history, including politics, gender and religion. Her current research focuses primarily on the symposion, but she is also interested in representations of the past and the present in Classical Athens, in ancient and modern responses to the Athenian cityscape and in history represented on television.
    Table of contents
    Introduction: talking about the symposion; 1. Metasympotics; 2. Ethnopoieia and ethopoieia; 3. Politics in performance; 4. Politics in action; 5. Symposion and Symposium; Conclusion: the rhetorics of the symposion.