Abusive Mouths in Classical Athens (Hardback)
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Short Description for Abusive Mouths in Classical Athens A fascinating study examining the imagery of the mouth in classical Athenian invective.
- Published: 30 June 2008
- Format: Hardback 398 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780521857871 ISBN 10: 0521857872
- Sales rank: 1,174,132
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This study of the language of insult charts abuse in classical Athenian literature that centres on the mouth and its appetites, especially talking, eating, drinking, and sexual activities. Attic comedy, Platonic dialogue, and fourth-century oratory often deploy insulting depictions of the mouth and its excesses in order to deride professional speakers as sophists, demagogues, and women. Although the patterns of imagery explored are very prominent in ancient invective and later western literary traditions, this is the first book to discuss this phenomenon in classical literature. It responds to a growing interest in both abusive speech genres and the representation of the body, illuminating an iambic discourse that isolates the intemperate mouth as a visible emblem of behaviours ridiculed in the democratic arenas of classical Athens.