ICSM Golden City: Rhetorical Performance in Classical Athens
Golden City: description and objectives
Classical Athens has been famously described as having been “drunk on language.” The Athenian democracy placed an extraordinarily high value on the ability of its citizens to speak, argue, entertain, and instruct by means of direct oral discourse. This seminar will engage the concept of rhetorical performance in the democratic polis. We will immerse in rhapsodic interpretation, political debate, criminal litigation, philosophical dispute and theatrical performance. We will also take part in a corresponding variety of performative experiences – in debates, mock trials, poetic recitations, and theatrical performances. The seminar will not simply work through a set of cultural masterpieces, though many of our texts are central to the Western canon. We will embody, and experience again, many of the persisting problems of democratic citizenship. (image: Demosthenes)
Library Session Learning Objectives:
- Evaluate resources and identify those most appropriate to your information need (card sorting)
- Identify and combine keywords for a research topic (brainstorm)
- Distinguish between the catalog, databases, and open web when selecting resources; Identify the best databases relevant to a topic (database search and reflection)
Table of Contents
- Information Types, Processes and Needs
- Recommended Databases
- Reference Resources
- Subject Searches in the IC Library Catalog
- Selected Web Sites
- Contact Us
- Tell Us What You Think
- Research 101
- Search Argos
- Your Library Accounts
- About the Library
- MLA Citation
- Clicking the GET IT arrow
- Selected Ebook Central Titles
Information Types, Processes and Needs
Search tips: Adding Keywords such as--"classical or ancient" can be fairly effective at targeting ancient Athens. You might also want to try "fifth century or 5th century" as keywords. Also try searching Athens with particular people, events, or insitutions that clearly signal your interest in classical times.
Best Bets Fulltext Journal Collections (do not include the latest issues; smaller in scope)
- JSTOR : For all aspects of classical Athens, this is probably our best research database. The journals covered are scholarly, and JSTOR is especially strong in History, Classics, Archaeology, Anthropolgy, Art, and Literature. It is also 100% full text. It does not cover the latest 2-3 years of journals. To prevent book reviews, check "Article" below the search slots.
- Project Muse , Although a smaller database, it complements JSTOR. LIke JSTOR it provides 100% full text of mostly scholarly journals, but its coverage is entirely current--mainly spanning the last 10-15 years.
- Edinburgh Companion to Ancient Greece and Rome
- Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World : Companion to Ancient Greek Government
- Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World : Companion to Sophocles
Subject Searches in the IC Library Catalog
Oratory, Speech and Rhetoric
Antiphon, ca. 480-411 B.C.--Criticism and interpretation
Isocrates--Criticism and interpretation
Speeches, addresses, etc., Greek--History and criticism
Literature & Drama
Greek literature--History and criticism
Greek drama--History and criticism
Greek drama (Comedy)--History and criticism
Greek drama (Tragedy)--History and criticism
Aeschylus--Criticism and interpretation
Sophocles--Criticism and interpretation
Euripides--Criticism and interpretation
Aristophanes--Criticism and interpretation
Athena (Greek deity)
Civilization, Western--Greek influences
Civilization, Classical ["Classical" refers to Greece and Rome]
Greece--Civilization Greece--History Greece--History--Persian Wars, 500-449 B.C.
Thermopylae, Battle of, Greece, 480 B.C.
Salamis, Battle of, Greece, 480 B.C.
Greece--History--Peloponnesian War, 431-404 B.C.
Sparta (Extinct city)--History
Greece--History--Spartan and Theban Supremacies, 404-362 B.C
Military art and science--Greece--History
Greece--Politics and government--To 146 B.C.
Greece--Social conditions--To 146 B.C.
Greece--History--Macedonian Expansion, 359-323 B.C.
Macedonia--History--To 168 B.C.
Alexander, the Great, 356-323 B.C
Pythagoras and Pythagorean school
Sophists (Greek philosophy)
Gorgias, of Leontini
Pythagoras and Pythagorean school
Zeno, of Elea
Socrates--Trials, litigation, etc
Cynics (Greek philosophy)
Skeptics (Greek philosophy)
Religion and Myths
Rites and ceremonies--Greece
Dionysus (Greek deity)
Selected Web Sites
- An Overview of Classical Greek History: from the Perseus Project. This link is to the table of contents, so browse your way to the era and/or topic that interests you. The chapters themselves provide links to primary resources.
- The Ancient City of Athens. a large collection of photographs of ancient Athenian sites
- Ancient Greek Philosophy: Concise overview from the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. For articles in more depth on particular topics and philosophers, use the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
- Center for Hellenic Studies at Harvard: Digital Humanities Projects
- Classics Resources by Carl Conrad at Washington U: a good gateway page
- Classics at Oxford: Web Resources: The "General Collections" links will be especially useful.
- Demos: Classical Athenian Democracy: Excellent collection of articles on Athenian government.
- Didaskalia: Ancient Theatre Today: from King's College. Browse the articles in the current and back issues of this scholarly Journal--or try a keyword search.
- Electronic Resources for Classicists: The Second Generation: An excellent gateway from Maria Pantelia at UC Irvine.
- Internet Ancient History Sourcebook: Greece: Scroll down these links to both topical articles and online images.
- Map of Ancient Greece: Crisper than many, click to enlarge and then right click for zoom function.
- Reports of the Origins of Athens (Ancient History Sourcebook): Tales of Athen's founding by Herodotus, Thucydides, Aristotle, and Plutarch.
- Theatre History on the Web: Resources for Classical Studies: Annotated links.
- Voice of the Shuttle: Classical Studies: list of classics links from UC Santa Barbara
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- Audio and Video: 7 days (can renew twice)
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Selected Ebook Central Titles
- Speech Presentation in Homeric Epic
- Homeric Voices : Discourse, Memory, Gender
- Listening to Homer : Tradition, Narrative, and Audience
- Herodotus in Context : Ethnography, Science & the Art of Persuasion
- Rhetoric in Classical Historiography
- Attic Orators
- Sophistical Rhetoric in Classical Greece
- Reason's Dark Champions : Constructive Strategies of Sophistic Argument
- Antiphon the Athenian : Oratory, Law, and Justice in the Age of the Sophists
- Plato: A Guide for the Perplexed : A Guide for the Perplexed
- Rhetoric, Comedy, and the Violence of Language in Aristophanes' Clouds
- Languages of Aristophanes : Aspects of Linguistic Variation in Classical Attic Greek
- Philosophy and Comedy : Aristophanes, Logos, and Eros
- Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece
- Mass and Elite in Democratic Athens : Rhetoric, Ideology, and the Power of the People
- Citizen and Self in the Greek City State : Individuals Performing Justice and the Law
- City-State Civism in Ancient Athens : Its Real and Ideal Expressions
- Deception and Democracy in Classical Athens
- Athens on Trial : The Antidemocratic Tradition in Western Thought
- Plato's Democratic Entanglements : Athenian Politics and the Practice of Philosophy
- Tragedy Offstage : Suffering and Sympathy in Ancient Athens
- Women in Antiquity : New Assessments
- Eros and Polis : Desire and Community in Greek Political Theory
- Love Among the Ruins : The Erotics of Democracy in Classical Athens
- Woman's Songs in Ancient Greece
- Female Acts in Greek Tragedy
- Captive Woman's Lament in Greek Tragedy
- When a Young Man Falls in Love : The Sexual Exploitation of Women in New Comedy