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By Elton T. E. Barker

This e-book investigates essentially the most attribute and favorite gains of historical Greek literature - the scene of dialogue or agon, during which with various levels of ritual characters sq. as much as one another and interact in a competition of phrases. Drawing on six case reviews of other types of narrative - epic, historiography and tragedy - and authors as different as Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides, Sophocles and Euripides, this wide-ranging learn analyses each one example
of debate in its context in line with a suite of interrelated questions: who debates, while, why, and with what outcomes? in line with the altering representations of discussion throughout and inside assorted genres, it exhibits the significance of discussion to those key canonical genres and, in flip, the function of
literature within the development of a citizen physique throughout the exploration, copy and administration of dissent from authority.

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