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The Symposion in Ancient Greek Society and Thought

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  • Date Published: January 2013
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  • isbn: 9781107302723

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  • The 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.

    • Encourages readers to look beyond 'what happened' at the symposion and consider how, why and to what effect literary and artistic sources represent the drinking party
    • Examines the symposion as a social, political and philosophical phenomenon, and as a rhetorical tool for conceptualizing people and events and exploring ideas
    • Demonstrates the importance of the symposion in conversations about identity, ethics, politics and history
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    • Date Published: January 2013
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781107302723
    • contains: 7 b/w illus.
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: talking about the symposion
    1. Metasympotics
    2. Ethnopoieia and ēthopoieia
    3. Politics in performance
    4. Politics in action
    5. Symposion and Symposium
    Conclusion: the rhetorics of the symposion.

  • Author

    Fiona Hobden, University of Liverpool
    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.

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