Abusive Mouths in Classical Athens by Nancy WormanAbusive Mouths in Classical Athens by Nancy Worman

Abusive Mouths in Classical Athens

byNancy Worman

Paperback | February 17, 2011

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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.
Title:Abusive Mouths in Classical AthensFormat:PaperbackDimensions:398 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.83 inPublished:February 17, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521182565

ISBN - 13:9780521182560


Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The mouth and its uses in Homer, iambos, and tragedy; 2. Open mouths and abusive talk in Aristophanes; 3. Gluttonous speechifying in Euripides' Cyclops; 4. Crude talk and fancy fare in Plato; 5. Defamation and oral excess in Demosthenes and Aeschines; 6. The intemperate mouth in Aristotle and Theophrastus; Epilogue.