The Talking Greeks: Speech, Animals, and the Other in Homer, Aeschylus, and Plato Speech, Animals, and the Other in Homer, Aeschylus, and Plato (Paperback)
|Author: John Heath|
From the Publisher:
What drove the ancient Greeks to explore human nature and invent Western politics? This book argues that the Greeks believed speech made humans different from other animals. But, this zoological comparison also provided the metaphorical means for viewing those 'lacking' authoritative speech--women, barbarians, and slaves, etc.--as bestial. This link between speech, humanity, and status is revealed through close study of both Homeric epics, classical Athenian culture, Aeschylus' Oresteia, and Plato's Dialogues.