This book provides nsights into the symposion's importance in Greek culture by tracing the discursive power of its representations.
The New Testament gospels feature numerous social exchanges between Jesus and people with various physical and sensory disabilities. Despite this, traditional biblical scholarship has not seen these people as agents in their own right but existing only to highlight the actions of Jesus as a miracle worker. In this study, Louise A. Gosbell uses disability as a lens through which to explore a number of these passages anew. Using the cultural model of disability as the theoretical basis, she explores the way that the gospel writers, as with other writers of the ancient world, used the language of disability as a means of understanding, organising, and interpreting the experiences of humanity. Her investigation highlights the ways in which the gospel writers reinforce and reflect, as well as subvert, culturally-driven constructions of disability in the ancient world.
The fourth century author Xenophon -- historian, philosopher, man of action – produced an output notable for diversity of content and consistency of moral outlook. This book explores some of the ethical and historical dimensions of this oeuvre.
In Theatre in Ancient Greek Society the author examines the social setting and function of ancient Greek theatre through the thousand years of its performance history. Instead of using written sources, which were intended only for a small, educated section of the population, he draws most of his evidence from a wide range of archaeological material - from cheap, mass-produced vases and figurines to elegant silverware produced for the dining tables of the wealthy. This is the first study examining the function and impact of the theatre in ancient Greek society by employing an archaeological approach.
Ancient Greece has inspired television producers and captivated viewing audiences in the United Kingdom for over half a century. By examining how and why political, social and cultural narratives of Greece have been constructed through television's distinctive audiovisual languages, and in relation also to its influential sister-medium radio, this volume explores the nature and function of these public engagements with the written and material remains of the Hellenic past. Through 10 case studies drawn from feature programmes, educational broadcasts, children's animation, theatre play productions, dramatic fiction and documentaries broadcast across the decades, this collection offers wide-ranging insights into the significance of ancient Greece on British television. Key features and benefits First multi-authored collection of essays on the topic of ancient Greece on television Brings experts from the disciplines of Classics and Media Studies together to offer rigorous examples of how to apply the methodologies of Media Studies to Classical Reception Explores the representation of Ancient Greece across a range of forms, including documentary, television drama, radio, theatre plays, educational television and children's animation Examines the use of mass media forms in formal and informal teaching and learning contexts, and evaluates the role of the academic in broadcasting Investigates institutional production contexts, developing technologies, the use of space and location, style and aesthetics, costume and staging, globalization and localization and audiences Includes an interview with ancient historian Michael Scott and producer-director David Wilson to reflecting particularly on concept to reality Discusses content broadcast on the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 Contributors include Anna Foka, Lynn Fotheringham, Peter Golphin, Tony Keen, Sarah Miles, Amanda Potter and John Wyver
An exciting, hands-on collection of ideas and activities designed to introduce your students to the fascinating world of ancient Greece. Learn about the citizens, politics, daily life, food, entertainment, music, sports, literature, architecture, fashion and more! Students will write their own myths, construct a paper clip catapult, consult an oracle, design a classical column, create currency along with many other innovative group and individual projects. Unique source materials add to the wealth of information included in this outstanding resource!
Feast! Throughout human history, and in all parts of the world, feasts have been at the heart of life. The great museums of the world are full of the remains of countless ghostly feasts Â? dishes that once bore rich meats, pitchers used to pour choice wines, tall jars that held beer sipped through long straws of gold and lapis, immense cauldrons from which hundreds of people could be served. Why were feasts so important, and is there more to feasting than abundance and enjoyment? The Never-Ending Feast is a pioneering work that draws on anthropology, archaeology and history to look at the dynamics of feasting among the great societies of antiquity renowned for their magnificence and might. Reflecting new directions in academic study, the focus shifts beyond the medieval and early modern periods in Western Europe, eastwards to Mesopotamia, Assyria and Achaemenid Persia, early Greece, the Mongol Empire, Shang China and Heian Japan. The past speaks through texts and artefacts. We see how feasts were the primary arena for displays of hierarchy, status and power; a stage upon which loyalties and alliances were negotiated; the occasion for the mobilization and distribution of resources, a means of pleasing the gods, and the place where identities were created, consolidated Â? and destroyed. The Never-Ending Feast transforms our understanding of feasting past and present, revitalising the fields of anthropology, archaeology, history, museum studies, material culture and food studies, for all of which it is essential reading.
A comprehensive, authoritative account of the development Greek Artthrough the 1st millennium BC. An invaluable resource for scholars dealing with the art,material culture and history of the post-classical world Includes voices from such diverse fields as art history,classical studies, and archaeology and offers a diversity of viewsto the topic Features an innovative group of chapters dealing with thereception of Greek art from the Middle Ages to the present Includes chapters on Chronology and Topography, as well asWorkshops and Technology Includes four major sections: Forms, Times and Places; Contactsand Colonies; Images and Meanings; Greek Art: Ancient toAntique
"A balanced, high-quality analysis of the developing nature of Athenian political society and its relationship to 'democracy' as a timeless concept."—Mark Munn, author of The School of History
The second edition of Sport and Spectacle in the AncientWorld updates Donald G. Kyle’s award-winning introductionto this topic, covering the Ancient Near East up to the late RomanEmpire. • Challenges traditional scholarship on sport andspectacle in the Ancient World and debunks claims that there wereno sports before the ancient Greeks • Explores the cultural exchange of Greek sport and Romanspectacle and how each culture responded to the other’sentertainment • Features a new chapter on sport and spectacle during theLate Roman Empire, including Christian opposition to pagan gamesand the Roman response • Covers topics including violence, professionalism insport, class, gender and eroticism, and the relationship ofspectacle to political structures
Unser Wissen beziehen wir heute zu einem großen Teil aus den Medien, und unser Bild von der Welt ist somit ganz wesentlich medial geprägt. Unterschiedlichste Wissensformate haben sich herausgebildet, die sich zum Ziel setzen, Sach- und Fachwissen für ein breiteres Publikum, darunter auch Kinder und Jugendliche, aufzubereiten. Wissensdokus, Wissensmagazine und weitere Angebote nutzen die jeweiligen medienspezifischen Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten, kombinieren insbesondere Sprache, Stand- oder Bewegtbild, Musik und Geräusch zu einem multimodalen Produkt und erproben in unterschiedlicher Weise den Spagat zwischen Wissensvermittlung und Unterhaltung. In 15 medienlinguistischen und medienwissenschaftlichen Beiträgen bietet der Band Einblicke in Macharten und Darstellungskonventionen von Wissensformaten im Print- und TV-Bereich sowie in den Neuen Medien.
Symposion is the Greek word for "drinking together" - the social institution of reclining on couches and enjoying the pleasures of wine, sex, and song. Although the Greeks learned the rituals of communal drinking from the Near East, they turned them into a way of life entirely their own, suchthat for the male revellers they were elevated into a conception of euphrosyne (bliss), the highest form of pleasure. The symposion became a focal point of Greek aristocratic art and culture in the archaic age, proclaimed in poetry and the visual arts, while its structures affected the Greekattitude to life in all its aspects, from the perception of politics, society, philosophy, and psychology, to attitudes towards sexuality, death, and religion. Even when the symposion began to lose its dominance in the classical democratic city state, it was never abandoned, but continued throughoutthe Hellenistic age and was transmitted through trade and cultural contact to the Etruscans, the Romans, and throughout the Mediterranean. One of the longest surviving works from antiquity is an encyclopaedia of Greek drinking customs compiled in the third century AD, and we can still trace theremnants of this sympotic culture today: the story of Greek pleasure thus lies both at the heart of antiquity and of the western history and conception of pleasure, and even now continues to resonate down the ages. Oswyn Murray's research on ancient Greek drinking customs, beginning in 1983, ignited a major new field of research in archaeology, art history, Greek literature, and Greek history and established him as an expert in the field. This volume consolidates his unrivalled contribution by gatheringtogether the numerous essays on sympotic subjects that he has written over a span of thirty years, and charting half a lifetime of thought on a theme on which he has had a shaping influence.
Pharmakon traces the emergence of an ethical discourse in ancient Greece, one centered on states of psychological ecstasy. In the dialogues of Plato, philosophy is itself characterized as a pharmakon, one superior to a large number of rival occupations, each of which laid claim to their powers being derived from, connected with, or likened to, a pharmakon. Accessible yet erudite, Pharmakon is one of the most comprehensive examinations of the place of intoxicants in ancient thought yet written.
This is volume 1 of Brill's New Pauly, Classical Tradition, which consists of five volumes uniquely concerned with the long and influential aftermath of antiquity and the process of continuous reinterpretation and revaluation of the ancient heritage, including the history of classical scholarship.
In April of 2001, the headline in the Los Angeles Times read, “Doubting the Story of the Exodus.” It covered a sermon that had been delivered by the rabbi of a prominent local congregation over the holiday of Passover. In it, he said, “The truth is that virtually every modern archeologist who has investigated the story of the exodus, with very few exceptions, agrees that the way the Bible describes the exodus is not the way it happened, if it happened at all.” This seeming challenge to the biblical story captivated the local public. Yet as the rabbi himself acknowledged, his sermon contained nothing new. The theories that he described had been common knowledge among biblical scholars for over thirty years, though few people outside of the profession know their relevance. New understandings concerning the Bible have not filtered down beyond specialists in university settings. There is a need to communicate this research to a wider public of students and educated readers outside of the academy. This volume seeks to meet this need, with accessible and engaging chapters describing how archeology, theology, ancient studies, literary studies, feminist studies, and other disciplines now understand the Bible.
the deserts of Ethiopia, Kummer recreates the adventure and intellectual thrill of the early days of field research on primates. Just as Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey introduced readers to the fascinating lives of chimpanzees and gorillas, Kummer brings readers face to face with the Hamadryas baboon. Photos.
This bilingual edition of Aristophanes’s The Wasps includes an introduction, prose translation, and long-awaited German commentary. A classic work of Attic comedy, The Wasps satirizes developments in Athenian justice and politics via a generational struggle in which the son seeks to re-educate the father. With perfect narrative structure, The Wasps casts a humorous light on the early post-Pericles era in Athens.
Whether as wine, beer, or spirits, alcohol has had a constant and often controversial role in social life. In his innovative book on the attitudes toward and consumption of alcohol, Rod Phillips surveys a 9,000-year cultural and economic history, uncovering the tensions between alcoholic drinks as healthy staples of daily diets and as objects of social, political, and religious anxiety. In the urban centers of Europe and America, where it was seen as healthier than untreated water, alcohol gained a foothold as the drink of choice, but it has been more regulated by governmental and religious authorities more than any other commodity. As a potential source of social disruption, alcohol created volatile boundaries of acceptable and unacceptable consumption and broke through barriers of class, race, and gender. Phillips follows the ever-changing cultural meanings of these potent potables and makes the surprising argument that some societies have entered "post-alcohol" phases. His is the first book to examine and explain the meanings and effects of alcohol in such depth, from global and long-term perspectives.

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