The Rise of the Greek Aristocratic Banquet

Hardcover | March 20, 2014

byMarek Wecowski

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In The Rise of the Greek Aristocratic Banquet, Wecowski offers a comprehensive account of the origins of the symposion and its close relationship with the rise of the Greek city-state or polis. Broadly defined as a culture-oriented aristocratic banquet, the symposion - which literally means"drinking together" - was a nocturnal wine party held by Greek aristocrats from Homer to Alexander the Great. Its distinctive feature was the crucial importance of diverse cultural competitions, including improvising convivial poetry, among the guests. Cultural skills and abilities were aprerequisite in order for one to be included in elite drinking circles, and, as such, the symposion served as a forum for the natural selection of Greek aristocracy.

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In The Rise of the Greek Aristocratic Banquet, Wecowski offers a comprehensive account of the origins of the symposion and its close relationship with the rise of the Greek city-state or polis. Broadly defined as a culture-oriented aristocratic banquet, the symposion - which literally means"drinking together" - was a nocturnal wine par...

Marek Wecowski is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Ancient History, University of Warsaw. His research interests include archaic Greek poetry, early Greek historiography, and archaic and classical Greek history.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:March 20, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAcknowledgementsList of IllustrationsList of MapsAbbrieviationsIntroductionPart One: Defining the Symposion1. Early Greek Aristocracy and the Symposion2. Towards a definition of the symposionPart Two: The Symposion and History3. The Cup of Nestor, the Near East, and the Early Archaic Symposion4. Homer, the 'Heroic Feast', and the Symposion5. The Symposion and Archaeology till the Early 7th Century BCConclusionBibliographyIndex