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The fall of cities in the Mediterranean : commemoration in literature, folk-song, and liturgy

Author: Mary R Bachvarova; Dorota Dutsch; Ann Suter
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A body of theory has developed about the role and function of memory in creating and maintaining cultural identity. Yet there has been no consideration of the rich Mediterranean and Near Eastern traditions of laments for fallen cities in commemorating or resolving communal trauma. This volume offers new insights into the trope of the fallen city in folk song and a variety of literary genres. These commemorations  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mary R Bachvarova; Dorota Dutsch; Ann Suter
ISBN: 9781107031968 1107031966
OCLC Number: 917131586
Description: xvii, 277 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Foreword / Margaret Alexiou --
Introduction / Ann Suter --
The city lament genre in the ancient Near East / John Jacobs --
The destroyed city in ancient "world history": from Agade to Troy / Mary R. Bachvarova --
Mourning a city "empty of men": stereotypes of Anatolian communal lament in Aeschylus' Persians / Mary R. Bachvarova and Dorota Dutsch --
Seven against Thebes, city laments, and Athenian history / Geoffrey Bakewell --
Lament for fallen cities in early Roman drama: Naevius, Ennius, and Plautus / Seth A. Jeppesen --
City lament in Augustan epic: antitypes of Rome from Troy to Alba Longa / Alison Keith --
The fall of Troy in Seneca's Troades / Jo-Ann Shelton --
How to lament an Eternal City: the ambiguous fall of Rome / Catherine Conybeare --
Messengers, angels, and laments for the fall of Constantinople / Andromache Karanika --
"A sudden longing": lamenting the lost city of Smyrna / Gail Holst-Warhaft.
Responsibility: edited by Mary R. Bachvarova, Dorota Dutsch, Ann Suter.

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Intended for cultural historians and literary scholars, this volume offers new insights into the trope of the fallen city in folk-song and a variety of literary genres. The scope is expanded beyond  Read more...

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