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Human and animal in ancient Greece : empathy and encounter in classical literature

Author: Tua Korhonen; Erika Ruonakoski
Publisher: London [etc.] : I. B. Tauris, 2017.
Series: Library of classical studies, 15.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Animals were omnipresent in the everyday life and the visual arts of classical Greece. In literature, too, they had significant functions. This book discusses the role of animals - both domestic and wild - and mythological hybrid creatures in ancient Greek literature. Challenging the traditional view of the Greek anthropocentrism, the authors provide a nuanced interpretation of the classical relationship to animals.  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tua Korhonen; Erika Ruonakoski
ISBN: 9781784537616 1784537616 9781786721198 1786721198 9781786731197 1786731193
OCLC Number: 1028992005
Description: 1 vol. (IX-262 p.) : couv. ill. en coul. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction: ???????? is a Greek WordPART I READING ANCIENT GREEK LITERATURE THROUGH PHENOMENOLOGY1. Situated Bodies: Embodiment and Empathy2. Different Aspects of Empathy3. Viewpoint and Embodiment4. The Other's Voice Inside Me: Intimacy and Strangeness of Reading5. The Problem of Historicity SummaryPART II ANCIENT RHETORICAL STRATEGIES OF EMPATHETIC ENCOUNTER1. Greek Reflections on Poets and Poetics 2. The "Vividness" of Artwork and Mimesis3. Pity versus Identification and Engagement4. Addresses, Apostrophes and ProsopopoeiaSummaryPART III ON HUMAN-ANIMAL RELATIONSHIPS IN ANTIQUITY1. Alterity and Otherness of Animals in Greek Antiquity2. Interaction, Interplay, and Encounters3. Metaphorical Animals4. Greek Anthropocentrism and Anthropomorphism5. Hybrids and MetamorphosesSummaryPART IV FOUR CASE STUDIES1. Animal Similes in Homer's Iliad2. Sophocles' Philoctetes3. Aristophanes' Birds4. Anyte's EpigramsSummaryConclusion
Series Title: Library of classical studies, 15.
Responsibility: Tua Korhonen and Erika Ruonakoski.
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Animals were omnipresent in the everyday life of classical Greece, and its culture was not merely anthropocentric.  Read more...

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Highly informative ... the book's main achievement is to make the rich ancient sources on human/animal relations available to a larger audience. * Journal of Greek Archaeology *

 
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