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Reciprocity and ritual : Homer and tragedy in the developing city-state, Richard Seaford

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Reciprocity and ritual : Homer and tragedy in the developing city-state
Title
Reciprocity and ritual
Title remainder
Homer and tragedy in the developing city-state
Statement of responsibility
Richard Seaford
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • This is an exciting and entirely new synthesis, combining anthropology, political and social history, and the close reading of central Greek texts, to account for two of the most significant features of Homeric epic and Athenian tragedy: the representation of ritual and of codes of reciprocity
  • Both genres are pervaded by these features, yet each treats them in very different ways. In this book, Dr Seaford shows that these differences cannot be accounted for in merely literary terms, but require a historical explanation. Homer is a product of the city state at an earlier historical stage than is tragedy. It is the growth of the city-state and its concomitant developments - in particular of law and of money, as well as in the practice of ritual - that provide a key to the crystallization of the Homeric narrative tradition, to the specificity of tragedy, and to certain features of the thought of the period. In the case of reciprocity, again whether the positive reciprocity associated with gift exchange or the hostile reciprocity of revenge - the systematic distinctions between Homer and tragedy can be explained only from a historical perspective
  • In its characteristic movement tragedy reflects and confirms the transition from one kind of society towards another: from a network of reciprocal relations, characteristic of societies where the state is weak or absent, to the organization of citizens around a single centre or series of centres - the institutions and cults of the city-state. Challenging, thoroughly lucid, and at times controversial, this lively, original yet accessible work is the first to attempt to understand the development of early Greek literature from the perspective of state formation. It should make enlivening and important reading for students, scholars, and anyone interested in the history or the literature of classical Greece. All Greek is translated
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Seaford, Richard
Index
index present
LC call number
PA3052
LC item number
.S43 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Dionysus
  • Homer
  • Homer
  • Homer
  • Homère
  • Dionysos
  • Homère
  • Dionysus
  • Homer
  • Greek literature
  • Greek drama (Tragedy)
  • Epic poetry, Greek
  • Literature and anthropology
  • Ritual in literature
  • Littérature grecque
  • Tragédie grecque
  • Poésie épique grecque
  • Littérature et anthropologie
  • Dionysos (Divinité grecque)
  • Rituel dans la littérature
  • Grèce dans la littérature
  • Stadstaten
  • Tragedies
  • Littérature grecque
  • Épopées grecques
  • Littérature et anthropologie
  • Tragédie grecque
  • Civilization
  • Cults
  • Epic poetry, Greek
  • Greek drama (Tragedy)
  • Greek literature
  • Literature
  • Literature and anthropology
  • Ritual in literature
  • Greece
  • Greece
  • Grèce
  • Greece
Label
Reciprocity and ritual : Homer and tragedy in the developing city-state, Richard Seaford
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [406]-435) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Polis, Household, and Reciprocity in Homer -- 2. Marriage, Sacrifice, and Reciprocity in Homer -- 3. Death Ritual and Reciprocal Violence in the Polis -- 4. Collective Death Ritual -- 5. Death Ritual in the Iliad -- 6. The Transformation of Reciprocity -- 7. Dionysos and the Polis -- 8. Transformations of the Dionysiac Sacrifice -- 9. The Dionysiac in Homer and in Tragedy -- 10. Reciprocity and Ritual in Tragedy
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xix, 455 pages
Isbn
9780198149491
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
93037228
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)28965021
  • (OCoLC)ocm28965021
Label
Reciprocity and ritual : Homer and tragedy in the developing city-state, Richard Seaford
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [406]-435) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Polis, Household, and Reciprocity in Homer -- 2. Marriage, Sacrifice, and Reciprocity in Homer -- 3. Death Ritual and Reciprocal Violence in the Polis -- 4. Collective Death Ritual -- 5. Death Ritual in the Iliad -- 6. The Transformation of Reciprocity -- 7. Dionysos and the Polis -- 8. Transformations of the Dionysiac Sacrifice -- 9. The Dionysiac in Homer and in Tragedy -- 10. Reciprocity and Ritual in Tragedy
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xix, 455 pages
Isbn
9780198149491
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
93037228
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)28965021
  • (OCoLC)ocm28965021

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