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By Nancy Worman

This examine of the language of insult charts abuse in classical Athenian literature that centres at the mouth and its appetites, specifically conversing, consuming, ingesting, and sexual actions. Attic comedy, Platonic discussion, and fourth-century oratory frequently set up insulting depictions of the mouth and its excesses so one can deride expert audio system as sophists, demagogues, and ladies. even if the styles of images explored are very sought after in historical invective and later western literary traditions, this is often the 1st booklet to debate this phenomenon in classical literature. It responds to a growing 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 brand of behaviours ridiculed within the democratic arenas of classical Athens.

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