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Concordia Discors

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Concordia Discors

Eros and Dialogue in Classical Athenian Literature

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Concordia Discors by Andrew Scholtz
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Writing to a friend, Horace describes the man as fascinated by "the discordant harmony of the cosmos, its purpose and power." Andrew Scholtz takes this notion of "discordant harmony" and argues for it as an aesthetic principle where classical Athenian literature addresses politics in the idiom of sexual desire. His approach is an untried one for this kind of topic. Drawing on theorists of the sociality of language, Scholtz shows how eros, consuming, destabilizing desire, became a vehicle for exploring and exploiting dissonance within the songs Athenians sang about themselves. Thus he shows how societal tension and instability could register as an ideologically charged polyphony in works like the Periclean Funeral Oration, Aristophanes' Knights, and Xenophon's Symposium.

Author Biography

Andrew Scholtz is Assistant Professor of Classics, Binghampton University.
Release date Australia
March 4th, 2008
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
Harvard University, Center for Hellenic Studies
Pages
226
Dimensions
142x229x12
ISBN-13
9780674025981
Product ID
2464806

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