The Resource Speaking the same language : speech and audience in Thucydides' Spartan debates, Paula Debnar

Speaking the same language : speech and audience in Thucydides' Spartan debates, Paula Debnar

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Speaking the same language : speech and audience in Thucydides' Spartan debates
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Speaking the same language
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speech and audience in Thucydides' Spartan debates
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Paula Debnar
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Language
eng
Summary
"Speaking the Same Language recovers the role played by the audiences of debates in Thucydides' account of the war. By restoring these audiences to a more prominent position, Debnar emphasizes the perspective of the participants in the war and heightens the dramatic immediacy of the debates. She offers close readings of twelve speeches and shows that the earlier speeches help characterize the Spartans and their supporters as a Dorian ethnos opposed to their common enemy - the Athenians and their Ionian allies. Yet later speeches show that, as the war progresses, the Spartans frequently use arguments that would seem more at home among the Athenians and become less susceptible to arguments that assume their Dorian values remain unchanged. This transformation in the Spartans' use and reception of discourse reflects the collapse of the antithesis that lies at the center of Thucydides' study." "Traditionally, Thucydides' speeches haev marked a boundary between literary and historical studies of his History. Paul Debnar bridges this divide, combining close textual analysis with an examination of narrative and historical context. These has so far been very little scholarly attention given to debates involving the Spartans or to the role of the internal audiences. Debnar focuses on the literal and figurative construction of the audiences, demonstrating that Thucydides' assessment of historical audiences was a critical factor in what he thought was appropriate for his speakers to say in any given circumstance - he claims, after all, to have composed these speeches himself, either from his own memory or from accounts given to him by his sources." "Accessible to the non-specialist, the book includes translations of Thucydides' Greek as well as relevant historical and critical background for each of the speeches, and will be useful to scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates in the fields of Greek history and literature, ancient historiography, rhetoric, political sciences, and ethnic studies."--Jacket
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Debnar, Paula
Index
index present
LC call number
DF229.T6
LC item number
D43 2001
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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Thucydides
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  • Thucydides
  • Thucydides
  • Thucydides
  • Peloponnesian War (Greece : 431-404 B.C.)
  • Greece
  • Spartaner
  • Greece
  • Rhetoric, Ancient
  • Historiae (Thucydides)
  • Debatten
  • Publiek
  • Vertelsituatie
  • Peloponnesische Oorlog
  • Rede
  • Publikum
  • Rede
  • Spartaner
  • Historiography
  • Rhetoric, Ancient
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Speaking the same language : speech and audience in Thucydides' Spartan debates, Paula Debnar
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 235-244) and indexes
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: ix List of Abbreviations -- 1 Introduction -- 25 PART ONE- SPARTANS AT HOME -- 27 Introduction to Part I -- 30 CHAPTER ONE- The Spartans as Audience -- 59 CHAPTER TW0 The Spartans among Themselves -- 77 CHAPTER THREE- The League as Audience -- 91 PART TWO -SPARTANS ABROAD -- 93 Introduction to Part II -- 96 CHAPTER FOUR The Seige of Plataea -- 102 CHAPTER FIVE The Politics of Olympia -- 125 CHAPTER SIX- The Trial of the Plataeans -- 147 CHAPTER SEVEN- Pylos and the Offer of Peace -- 169 PART THREE -ENEMIES WITHIN -- 171 Introduction to Part III -- 173 CHAPTER EIGHT Brasidas' Spartans -- 201 CHAPTER NINE Alcibiades' Spartans -- 221 Conclusion -- 235 Bibliography -- 245 Index of Greek Terms -- 247 General Index
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 254 pages
Isbn
9780472112364
Lccn
2002277904
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)48995341
  • (OCoLC)ocm48995341
Label
Speaking the same language : speech and audience in Thucydides' Spartan debates, Paula Debnar
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 235-244) 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
Machine generated contents note: ix List of Abbreviations -- 1 Introduction -- 25 PART ONE- SPARTANS AT HOME -- 27 Introduction to Part I -- 30 CHAPTER ONE- The Spartans as Audience -- 59 CHAPTER TW0 The Spartans among Themselves -- 77 CHAPTER THREE- The League as Audience -- 91 PART TWO -SPARTANS ABROAD -- 93 Introduction to Part II -- 96 CHAPTER FOUR The Seige of Plataea -- 102 CHAPTER FIVE The Politics of Olympia -- 125 CHAPTER SIX- The Trial of the Plataeans -- 147 CHAPTER SEVEN- Pylos and the Offer of Peace -- 169 PART THREE -ENEMIES WITHIN -- 171 Introduction to Part III -- 173 CHAPTER EIGHT Brasidas' Spartans -- 201 CHAPTER NINE Alcibiades' Spartans -- 221 Conclusion -- 235 Bibliography -- 245 Index of Greek Terms -- 247 General Index
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 254 pages
Isbn
9780472112364
Lccn
2002277904
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)48995341
  • (OCoLC)ocm48995341

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