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By Bernd Steinbock

triggered by means of the plentiful historic allusions in Athenian political and diplomatic discourse, Bernd Steinbock analyzes the makes use of and meanings of the previous in fourth-century Athens, utilizing Thebes’ function in Athenian reminiscence as a case learn. This exam is predicated upon the basis that Athenian social reminiscence, that's, the shared and infrequently idealized and distorted picture of the prior, shouldn't be considered as an unreliable counterpart of heritage yet as a useful key to the Athenians’ mentality. opposed to the tendency to view the orators’ references to the previous as empty rhetorical words or propagandistic cover-ups for Realpolitik, it argues that the prior constituted vital political capital in its personal correct. Drawing upon theories of social reminiscence, it contextualizes the orators’ ancient allusions in the complicated internet of remembrances and ideology held by means of the viewers and therefore attempts to gauge their ideological and emotive power. 


Integrating literary, epigraphic, and archaeological facts with contemporary scholarship on reminiscence, id, rhetoric, and diplomacy, Social reminiscence in Athenian Public Discourse: Uses and Meanings of the Past complements our knowing of either the functionality of reminiscence in Athenian public discourse and the background of Athenian-Theban family members. it may be of curiosity not just to scholars of Greek historical past and oratory yet to each person drawn to reminiscence experiences, Athenian democracy, and political choice making.

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