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Entering the Agon: Dissent and Authority in Homer, Historiography, and Tragedy

Elton T. E. Barker


This book investigates one of the most characteristic and prominent features of ancient Greek literature—the scene of debate or agon, in which with varying degrees of formality characters square up to each other and engage in a contest of words—and sets out for the first time to trace its changing representations through Homeric epic, historiography and tragedy. Combining literary dialogic theory with sociological approaches towards structure, it makes the claim that debate is best understood in relation to an institutional framework, in which issues of authority and dissent are variously set ... More

Keywords: dissent, authority, epic, historiography, tragedy, agon, debate, institution, politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199542710
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542710.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elton T. E. Barker, author
Lecturer in Classics, Christ Church, University of Oxford
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