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Singing the Past
Turkic and Medieval Heroic Poetry
Oral epic poetry is still performed by Turkic singers in Central Asia. On trips to the region, Karl Reichl collected heroic poems from the Uzbek, Kazakh, and Karakalpak oral traditions. Through a close analysis of these Turkic works, he shows that...
Mothers in Mourning
"Nicole Loraux brilliantly elucidates how Athenian politics were 'gendered' in the Classical period. She investigates the Athenian state's interdiction of ritualized mourning by women, in a city where public mourning constituted a vital act of civic...
The Mute Immortals Speak
Pre-Islamic Poetry and Poetics of Ritual
Stetkevych offers the first aesthetics appropriate for the Bedouin oral poetry, the pre-Islamic qasidah, or ode, which was collected in the second or third Islamic century and stands as a foundation of Arabo-Islamic literary culture.
An Anthropology of Reading in Ancient Greece
First published in French in 1988, this extraordinary book traces the meaning and function of reading from its very beginnings in Greek oral culture through the development of silent reading. One of the most haunting early examples of Greek...
Wisdom and Cunning in the Classical Traditions of China and Greece
Heroic Sagas and Ballads
In Heroic Sagas and Ballads, Stephen A. Mitchell examines the world of the medieval Icelandic legendary sagas and their legacy in Scandinavia.
Myth and the Polis
This fresh and thought-provoking book deepens our understanding of the dynamic relationship between the creation of myth and the development of the ancient Greek polis, or city-state, during crucial periods in archaic and classical Greece. Examining...
The Ravenous Hyenas and the Wounded Sun
Myth and Ritual in Ancient India
Jamison addresses the conditions that have limited our understanding of Vedic myth and ritual, such as the profusion and obscurity of the texts and the tendency on the part of scholars to approach mythology and ritual independently.