The Invention of Athens: The Funeral Oration in the Classical City
How does the funeral oration relate to democracy in ancient Greece? How did the death of an individual citizen-soldier become the occasion to praise the city of Athens? In The Invention of Athens, Nicole Loraux traces the different rhetoric, politics, and ideology of funeral orations--epitaphioi--from Thucidydes, Gorgias, Lysias, and Demosthenes to Plato. Arguing that the...more
Paperback, 539 pages
Published February 17th 2006 by Zone Books (NY)
(first published January 2006)
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Loraux is brilliant, almost frighteningly lucid, and her probing exploration of the ways in which the epitaphios logos both formed and reflected the ideology of the classical city - indeed, embodying the permanence the city wished to see in itself - offers much to think about, and is not irrelevant to the study of democracy today.