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Greek laughter : a study in cultural psychology from Homer to early Christianity

Author: Stephen Halliwell
Publisher: Cambridge, UK : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book shows how the theme of laughter can shed light on ancient Greek ethical values and attitudes to life.

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Halliwell, Stephen.
Greek laughter.
Cambridge, UK : Cambridge University Press, 2008
(DLC) 2008019386
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Halliwell
ISBN: 0511437951 9780511437953 9780511438622 0511438621
OCLC Number: 316829833
Awards: Winner of John D. Criticos Prize 2008.
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 616 pages)
Contents: 1. Introduction; 2. Inside and outside morality: the laughter of Homeric gods and men; 3. Sympotic elation and resistance to death; 4. Ritual laughter and the renewal of life; 5. Aischrology, shame and Old Comedy; 6. Greek philosophy and the ethics of ridicule; 7. Greek laughter and the problem of the absurd; 8. The intermittencies of laughter in Menander's social world; 9. Lucian and the laughter of life and death; 10. Laughter denied, laughter deferred: the antigelastic tendencies of early Christianity; Appendix 1. The Greek (body) language of laughter and smiles; Appendix 2. Gelastic faces in visual art.
Responsibility: Stephen Halliwell.

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'... a wide survey of Greek laughter from Homer to the early Christians ... the introduction is quite the best brief overview of the role of laughter in any historical period that I have ever read Read more...

 
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