Voice and Voices in Antiquity

Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World, Vol. 11


Voice and Voices in Antiquity draws together 18 studies of the changing concept of voice and voices in the oral traditions and subsequent literate genres of the ancient world. Ranging from the poet's voice to those of characters as well as historically embodied communities, and from the interface between the Greek and Near Eastern worlds to the western reaches of the Roman Empire, the scholars assembled here offer a methodologically rich and diverse series of approaches to locating the power of voice as both poetic construct and communal memory. The results not only enrich our understanding of the strategies of epic, lyric, and dramatic voices but also illuminate the rhetorical claims given voice by historians, orators, philosophers, and novelists in the ancient world.

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Niall W. Slater, Ph.D. (1981), Princeton, is Dobbs Professor of Latin & Greek at Emory University. Previous books include Spectator Politics: Metatheatre and Performance in Aristophanes (2002), Reading Petronius (1990), and Plautus in Performance: The Theatre of the Mind (1985; 2000 (2nd, rev. ed)).

Contributors are: Geoffrey Bakewell, Deborah Beck, Anton Bierl, Aubrey Buster, Ombretta Cesca, John "Jay" Fisher, Margaret Foster, Jasper Gaunt, Naomi Kaloudis, Joanna Kenty, Athena Kirk, Amy Koenig, Claas Lattmann, Elizabeth Minchin, Raymond F. Person, Jr., Ruth Scodel, Tazuko van Berkel, and Andreas Willi.
"Niall Slater’s edited volume Voice and Voices in Antiquity considers the simultaneously present and absent sonority of the voices of antiquity, and it probes the relationship between orality, vocality, and text. The book emerges during a vibrant moment for voice studies in Classics, and functions as the eleventh installment in the thriving biennial conference series “Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World,” whose first volume/conference tackled the theme “Voice into Text.” Each of the chapters in this volume contains nuanced and sophisticated readings in a wide range of genres, periods, and cultural traditions.(...) Slater’s overview of the individual essays reveals a deep consideration of the multifaceted ways in which this theme can be explored, and his introduction reveals how the individual papers speak to one another across languages, genres, eras, and methodologies." Hannah Silverblank, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2017.07.30.

"The theme of this volume, 'voice and voices', offers a particularly fruitful opportunity to explore the significance of 'voice' as it crosses the boundaries between oral and literate cultures. (...) Overall, this is an excellent volume that makes several important contributions to our understanding of voice in Greek literature. There is much here to explore, and it is well worth the exploring." Juliette Harrisson in Pacific Coast Philology 53.1, 2018
Notes on Contributors

1 Introduction
Niall W. Slater

part 1 - Epic Voices
2 Voice and Voices: Homer and the Stewardship of Memory
Elizabeth Minchin
3 Which Limits for Speech Reporting? Messenger Scenes and Control of Repetition in the Iliad
Ombretta Cesca
4 The Voice of the Seer in the Iliad and the Odyssey
Deborah Beck
5 The Individual Voice in Works and Days
Ruth Scodel
6 Nestor’s Cup and Its Reception
Jasper Gaunt

part 2 - Lyric and Dramatic Voices
7 Pindar’s Voice(s): The Epinician Persona Reconsidered
Claas Lattmann
8 Poeta Loquens: Poetic Voices in Pindar’s Paean 6 and Horace’s Odes 4.6
Margaret Foster
9 Melizein Pathe or the Tonal Dimension in Aeschylus’ Agamemnon: Voice, Song, and Choreia as Leitmotifs and Metatragic Signals for Expressing Suffering
Anton Bierl
10 Daphnis’ Folksong: The Euphonist’s Effect on the Creation of a Textual Performance
Naomi Kaloudis

part 3 - From Singing to Narrative Voice
11 Towards a Grammar of Narrative Voice: From Homeric Pragmatics to Hellenistic Stylistics
Andreas Willi
12 The Voice of Aeschylus in Plato’s Republic
Geoffrey W. Bakewell
13 Character in Narrative Depictions of Composing Oral Epics and Reading Historiographies
Raymond F. Person, Jr.

part 4 - Voices of Prose
14 Written Record and Membership in Persian Period Judah and Classical Athens
Aubrey E. Buster
15 Voiced Mathematics: Orality and Numeracy
Tazuko Angela van Berkel
16 Cicero’s Representation of an Oral Community in De Oratore
Joanna Kenty
17 Becoming Gallic: Orality, Voice and Identity in Roman Gaul
Jay Fisher
18 λόγος and φωνή in Odyssey 10 and Plutarch’s Gryllus
Athena Kirk
19 The Fragrance of the Rose: An Image of the Voice in Achilles Tatius
Amy Koenig

All interested in the continuing interface between oral traditions and literate transmission in the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome and their relations with neighboring oral and literate traditions.
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