Abusive Mouths in Classical Athens by Nancy Worman

By Nancy Worman

This learn of the language of insult charts abuse in classical Athenian literature that centres at the mouth and its appetites, specially conversing, consuming, ingesting, and sexual actions. Attic comedy, Platonic discussion, and fourth-century oratory usually install insulting depictions of the mouth and its excesses with a view to deride specialist audio system as sophists, demagogues, and girls. even supposing the styles of images explored are very well known in historic invective and later western literary traditions, this can be the 1st ebook to debate this phenomenon in classical literature. It responds to a becoming curiosity in either abusive speech genres and the illustration of the physique, illuminating an iambic discourse that isolates the intemperate mouth as a visual brand of behaviours ridiculed within the democratic arenas of classical Athens.

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