Sympotica: A Symposium on the Symposion (Clarendon Paperbacks)

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Rituals of commensality are fundamental to the understanding of human societies; the symposion or male drinking group of archaic and classical Greece was an institution whose effects can be detected in the painted pottery and the poetry created for its use, and in many areas of ancient Greek social life, from politics and warfare to sexual attitudes and conceptions of pleasure; Greek sympotic customs spread to other cultures throughout the Mediterranean, with important consequences for their development. Sympotica is the first book to be published on the symposion as a whole. It is the record of a symposium held in Oxford in 1984; the contributions discuss the importance of Greek drinking customs for anthropology, archaeology, art history, literary studies, history, and philosophy, and demonstrate the need for an inter-disciplinary approach. The editor provides a historical introduction to the field of sympotic studies, and a general bibliography. Twenty-four plates illustrate the art of the symposion, and three concluding chapters consider the influence of Greek commensality on the Roman world. The work opens up a new field of research into the cultures of the ancient world.

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The whole volume is packed with good ideas, and the series of chapter bibliographies and the general bibliography are of great assistance for further study. (Classical Review)

Murray ... did a remarkable job of assembling scholars from a variety of disciplines, backgrounds, and institutions in one place at a time. (American Journal of Archaeology)

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Oswyn Murray is the editor (along with Jasper Griffin and John Boardman) of The Oxford History of the Classical World, and (with Simon Price) of The Greek City from Homer to Alexander (Clarendon Paperbacks). He has also published Early Greece with Fontana (1980).

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