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The Resource The tyrant's writ : myths and images of writing in ancient Greece, Deborah Tarn Steiner

The tyrant's writ : myths and images of writing in ancient Greece, Deborah Tarn Steiner

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The tyrant's writ : myths and images of writing in ancient Greece
Title
The tyrant's writ
Title remainder
myths and images of writing in ancient Greece
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Deborah Tarn Steiner
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
  • Covering material as diverse as curse tablets, coins, tattoos, and legal decrees, Deborah Steiner explores the reception of writing in archaic and classical Greece. She moves beyond questions concerning ancient literacy and the origins of the Greek alphabet to examine representations of writing in the myths and imaginative literature of the period. Maintaining that the Greek alphabet was not seen purely as a means of transcribing and preserving the spoken word, the author investigates parallels between writing and other signifiers, such as omens, tokens, and talismans; the role of inscription in religious rites, including cursing, oath-taking, and dedication; and perceptions of how writing functioned both in autocracies and democracies
  • Particularly innovative is the suggestion that fifth-century Greek historians and dramatists portrayed writing as an essential tool of tyrants, who not only issue written decrees but also "inscribe" human bodies with brands and cut up land with compasses and rules. The despotic overtones associated with writing inform discussion of its function in democracies. Although writing could promote equal justice, ancient sources also linked this activity with historical and mythical figures who opposed the populist regime. By examining this highly nuanced portrayal of writing, Steiner offers a new perspective on ancient views of written law and its role in fifth-century Athenian democracy
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Cataloging source
E7B
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1960-
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Steiner, Deborah
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Princeton Legacy Library
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  • Greek language
  • Written communication
  • Language and culture
  • Literacy
  • Writing
  • Poetics
  • Grec (Langue)
  • Communication écrite
  • Langage et culture
  • Alphabétisation
  • Écriture
  • Poétique
  • HISTORY
  • PSYCHOLOGY
  • Greek language
  • Language and culture
  • Literacy
  • Poetics
  • Writing
  • Written communication
  • Greece
  • Alfabetisme
  • Macht
  • Griekse oudheid
  • Schreiben
  • Griechenland
  • Communication écrite
  • Grec (langue)
  • Langage et culture
  • écriture
  • culture écrite
Label
The tyrant's writ : myths and images of writing in ancient Greece, Deborah Tarn Steiner
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Tokens and Texts. Two models of communication. Phrazein and anagignoskein. Inscribed semata. The Hymn to Hermes and the Seven Against Thebes -- 2. Rites of Inscription. Oath taking, treaties, and the law. Cursing. Vows and prayers. Oracles. Enshrining the text: publication and circulation. Pindaric agalmata -- 3. Impressions and Assemblages. Writing and physiology. Writing and cosmology. Writing and regulation -- 4. The Tyranny of Writing. Two archetypes: Sesostris and Deioces. The inscribed marker: commemorative pillars, boundary stones, graves. The catalogue and inventory. The dispatch. Inscribing the body. Coins, seals, and trade. Writing in Greece. The Scythians and Spartans -- 5. The City of Words. Speech and the agora. The writer in the countryside. The writer oligarch in the city center. Nomoi gegrammenoi
Control code
ocn905863801
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (294 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400872855
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt13gnqg3
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)905863801
Label
The tyrant's writ : myths and images of writing in ancient Greece, Deborah Tarn Steiner
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Tokens and Texts. Two models of communication. Phrazein and anagignoskein. Inscribed semata. The Hymn to Hermes and the Seven Against Thebes -- 2. Rites of Inscription. Oath taking, treaties, and the law. Cursing. Vows and prayers. Oracles. Enshrining the text: publication and circulation. Pindaric agalmata -- 3. Impressions and Assemblages. Writing and physiology. Writing and cosmology. Writing and regulation -- 4. The Tyranny of Writing. Two archetypes: Sesostris and Deioces. The inscribed marker: commemorative pillars, boundary stones, graves. The catalogue and inventory. The dispatch. Inscribing the body. Coins, seals, and trade. Writing in Greece. The Scythians and Spartans -- 5. The City of Words. Speech and the agora. The writer in the countryside. The writer oligarch in the city center. Nomoi gegrammenoi
Control code
ocn905863801
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (294 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400872855
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt13gnqg3
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)905863801

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