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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, particularly speaking, consuming, ingesting, and sexual actions. Attic comedy, Platonic discussion, and fourth-century oratory usually set up insulting depictions of the mouth and its excesses in an effort to deride expert audio system as sophists, demagogues, and girls. even supposing the styles of images explored are very well known in old invective and later western literary traditions, this is often the 1st booklet to debate this phenomenon in classical literature. It responds to a becoming 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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