The invention of Athens : the funeral oration in the classical city

@article{Loraux1988TheIO,
  title={The invention of Athens : the funeral oration in the classical city},
  author={N. Loraux and Alan Sheridan},
  journal={Classical World},
  year={1988},
  volume={83},
  pages={396}
}
How does the funeral oration relate to democracy in ancient Greece? How did the death of an individual citizen-soldier become the occasion to praise the city of Athens? In The Invention of Athens, Nicole Loraux traces the different rhetoric, politics, and ideology of funeral orations--epitaphioi--from Thucidydes, Gorgias, Lysias, and Demosthenes to Plato. Arguing that the ceremony of public burial began circa 508-460 BCE, Loraux demonstrates that the institution of the funeral oration developed… Expand
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