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Archaic Greek Epigram and Dedication : Representation and Reperformance - Joseph W. Day

Archaic Greek Epigram and Dedication

Representation and Reperformance


Published: 5th January 2012
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By the end of the Archaic period, Greek sanctuaries were bursting with dedications, including many that bore epigrams. This study views dedications comprehensively as sites of ritual efficacy, and in particular it recovers epigrams' reflections of and contributions to that efficacy and restores them to an important place in the panorama of Greek religious practice. In order to reconstruct the Archaic experience of reading and viewing, the book draws on studies of traditional poetic language as resonant with immanent meaning, early Greek poetry as socially and religiously effective performance, and viewing art as an active response of aesthetic appreciation. It argues that reading epigrams while viewing dedications generated effects of religious ritual and poetic performance, and that visual and verbal representation of the dedicator's act of offering associated that rite with similar effects, thereby framing the experiences of readers and viewers as reperformances of the earlier occasion.

'Day's profound knowledge of the dedicatory texts and their context, together with his expertise in the field of the verse inscriptions, makes this study an enlightening, thorough and highly recommendable read.' Arctos

List of illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
List of abbreviationsp. xix
(Re) presentation and (re)performancep. 1
Questions about receptionp. 1
Straightforward representationp. 5
A thesis: (re)presentation generates (re)performancep. 14
The argument of the bookp. 17
Scholarly contextp. 21
Telesinos againp. 24
Contexts of encounters and the question of readingp. 26
Did Greeks view dedications and read their inscriptions?p. 26
Reading Mantiklos' epigram (CEG326)p. 33
Efforts to attract and guide readingp. 48
Literary evidence for epigraphic literacyp. 59
Circumstances of viewing and readingp. 64
How readings are attractedp. 76
How readings are guidedp. 80
Presenting the dedicationp. 85
Naming the dedication agalmap. 85
The theme of agalmap. 88
Agalma as performance framep. 106
Agalma: theme, frame, reperformancep. 120
Appendix: How not to define agalma in inscriptionsp. 124
Presenting the godp. 130
Epigraphic divine names: representation and effectsp. 130
Activation of ritual: praising, conjuring, and constructing godsp. 141
(Re)presentation of ritual: the Athenian Akropolis and the Panathenaiap. 159
Conclusion: reperforming the Panathenaiap. 176
Presenting the dedicatorp. 181
Piety or display?p. 181
The dedicator's familyp. 187
The dedicator's achievement, especially athleticp. 198
Piety and displayp. 228
Presenting the act of dedicatingp. 232
Charis: then, now, foreverp. 232
The theme of charisp. 234
The frame of charisp. 246
The charis of the encounterp. 254
The reperformance of charisp. 272
Bibliographyp. 281
Index of inscriptions and passages discussedp. 312
Greek indexp. 315
Subject indexp. 316
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ISBN: 9780521896306
ISBN-10: 0521896304
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 5th January 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.9  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.69