The Invention of Athens: The Funeral Oration in the Classical City
This is a revised edition of a groundbreaking work, tracing the rhetoric, politics, and ideology of funeral orations in ancient Greece, arguingthat they served to celebrate the city of Athens and the Atheniancitizen. How does the funeral oration relate to democracy in ancientGreece? How did the death of an individual citizen-soldier become theoccasion to praise the city of...more
Paperback, 539 pages
Published February 17th 2006 by Zone Books (NY)
(first published January 1st 1981)
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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.