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 surrounding the songs, demonstrating their function in an aesthetic education that permitted the young girls to achieve the stature of womanhood and to be integrated into the adult civic community. This first English edition includes an updated bibliography. [https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780742515246/Choruses-of-Young-Women-in-Ancient-Greece-Their-Morphology-Religous-Role-and-Social-Functions-New-and-Revised]

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