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Slaves Tell Tales
Author: Sara Forsdyke

ISBN: 9780691140056
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 16 June 2012
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.7 x 3.2
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Most studies of ancient Greek politics focus on formal institutions such as the political assembly and the law courts, and overlook the role that informal social practices played in the regulation of the political order. Sara Forsdyke argues, by contrast, that various forms of popular culture in ancient Greece--including festival revelry, oral storytelling, and popular forms of justice--were a vital medium for political expression and played an important role in the negotiation of relations between elites and masses, as well as masters and slaves, in the Greek city-states. Although these forms of social life are only poorly attested in the sources, Forsdyke suggests that Greek literature reveals traces of popular culture that can be further illuminated by comparison with later historical periods. By looking beyond institutional contexts, moreover, Forsdyke recovers the ways that groups that were excluded from the formal political sphere--especially women and slaves--participated in the process by which society was ordered.


Forsdyke begins each chapter with an apparently marginal incident in Greek history--the worship of a dead slave by master...

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