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Reciprocity and Ritual: Homer and Tragedy in the Developing City-State (Clarendon Paperbacks) Paperback – 24 Aug 1995

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  • Paperback: 476 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; New Ed edition (24 Aug. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198150369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198150367
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 895,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There are many things in this book with which I agree. Seaford's analysis of the historical background of the Homeric poems in the perspective of the city-state development is excellent; his discussion of the Homeric Question and the unity of the epics is stimulating and can with every right be regarded as an important contribution to this much debated issue. (Scripta Classica Israelica, vol.XVI 1997)

Readers of the book will undoubtedly profit from and be impressed by S's vast and thorough knowledge in the field of ritual, cult and myth, and their innumerable variants in all parts of the Greek world ... the book is immensely learned. (Mnemosyne)

About the Author

Formerly at the National Humanities Center, North Carolina. he is the author of Euripides: Cyclops (pb edition with commentary and introduction, 1988, OUP).

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The book is an essential starting point for anyone who seeks to explore the transformations of Greek society that gave birth to two so cognate and yet so dissimilar literary genres as epic and tragedy. Seaford is eloquent in bringing out the dialectics between literature and the outside world under the post-marxist light of social anthropology. The book is clearly written, exhaustively argued and ultimately cogent.
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