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

Author: Richard Seaford
Publisher: Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1994.
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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.
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Named Person: Dionysus, (Greek deity); Homer; Homer; Homer.; Homère; Dionysos, (divinité grecque).; Homère
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Seaford
ISBN: 0198149492 9780198149491 0198150369 9780198150367
OCLC Number: 28965021
Description: xix, 455 p. ; 23 cm.
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.
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There are many things in this book with which I agree. Seaford's analysis of the historical background of the Homeric poems in the perspective of the city-state development is excellent; his Read more...

 
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