Chroruses of young women in ancient Greece: their morphology, religious role, and social functions

TitleChroruses of young women in ancient Greece: their morphology, religious role, and social functions
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsCalame, C
TranslatorBurton Collins, D, Orion, J
Series TitleGreek Studies
Editionnew and revised edition
Number of Pagesxvi + 282 pp.
PublisherRowman & Littelfield
CityLanham
ISBN9780742515246
Abstract

In this groundbreaking work, Claude Calame argues that the songs sung by choruses of young girls in ancient Greek poetry are more than literary texts; rather, they functioned as initiatory rituals in Greek cult practices. Using semiotic and anthropologic theory, Calame reconstructs the religious and social institutions