By Nancy Worman

ISBN-10: 0521182565

ISBN-13: 9780521182560

ISBN-10: 0521857872

ISBN-13: 9780521857871

This examine of the language of insult charts abuse in classical Athenian literature that centres at the mouth and its appetites, particularly speaking, consuming, ingesting, and sexual actions. Attic comedy, Platonic discussion, and fourth-century oratory usually install insulting depictions of the mouth and its excesses which will deride expert audio system as sophists, demagogues, and ladies. even supposing the styles of images explored are very well-liked in old invective and later western literary traditions, this can be the 1st booklet to debate this phenomenon in classical literature. It responds to a starting to be curiosity in either abusive speech genres and the illustration of the physique, illuminating an iambic discourse that isolates the intemperate mouth as a visual logo of behaviours ridiculed within the democratic arenas of classical Athens.

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