Poetry, Theory, Praxis: The Social Life of Myth, Word and Image in Ancient Greece. Essays in Honour of William J. Slater [Hardback]

Eric Csapo (Author); Margaret C Miller (Author)

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ISBN: 9781842171011 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2003 | Language: English 288p, H242 x W170 (mm) 96 b/w illus, 1 tbs




Poetry, Theory, Praxis

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A Festschrift in honour of the classical scholar, William J Slater, this volume looks at the social life of theories, artifacts, and poems in ancient Greece. The central focus of the collection is Greek theatre, but essays on such typically Slaterian subjects as ancient scholarship, lyric poetry, art, and inscriptions are also included. From a literary search for the elusive Pelasgians, an iconographic analysis of illustrations of Athenian women's religious rituals, to reflections on the revival and politicisation of Greek plays in the modern era, each paper attempts to elucidate the meaning of ancient Greek words, myths, poems, artifacts, theories, and activities by reinserting them into their cultural environment.

Table of Contents

Preface
List of publications by W.J. Slater

Section 1: Myth and Cult
1. Pelasgians (Robert Fowler)
2. Art, Myth and Reality: Xenophantos' Lekythos rexamined (Margaret C. Miller)
3. Lenaea vases in context (Richard Hamilton)
4. The dolphins of Dionysus (Eric Csapo)

Section II: Theatre
5. The chorus in Greek Satyrplay (Bernd Seidensticker)
6. Hypermestra and Lynkeus (Erika Simon)
7. Hypsipyle and Athens (Martin Cropp)
8. Orestes the Ephebe (John R. Porter)
9. Speculations on the tragic poet Sthenelus and a comic vase in Richmond (J. Richard Green)
10. Up-staging Greek tragedy: the use (and abuse) of genre? (Robert Garland)

Section III: The Written Word
11. Literate and wealthy women in archaic Greece: the case of the 'Telesstas Hydria' (Matthias Steinhart)
12. The topic of envy and emulation in an agonistic inscription from Oenoanda (Matthew W. Dickie)
13. Aeso's encounter with Isis and the Muses, and the origins of the Life of Aesop (Noel Robertson)

Reviews & Quotes

"The book is carefully produced...contains 91 black and white illustrations, an essential addition to a book that draws so extensively from decorative art... The interdisciplinary nature of this volume provides a stimulating survey of poetic, religious and artistic representations and their association with their social and cultural contexts. The general high quality of the essays makes this volume a welcome do/sis to a deserving teacher and scholar of Classics.'"

Bryn Mawr Classical Review ()

"Bill Slater should be well pleased with these tributes.'"
John Boardman
Ancient West & East (2005)

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