Eloquent Alogia: Animal Narrators in Ancient Greek Literature
AbstractClassical Greek literature presents a variety of speaking animals. These are not, of course, the actual voices of animals but human projections. In a culture that aligns verbal mastery with social standing, verbal animals present a conundrum that speaks to an anxiety about human communication. I argue that the earliest examples of speaking animals, in Homer, Hesiod and Archilochus, show a fundamental connection with Golden Age tales. Later authors, such as Plutarch and Lucian, look back on such cases from a perspective that does not easily accept notions of divine causation that would permit such fanciful modes of communication. I argue that Plutarch uses a talking pig to challenge philosophical categories, and that Lucian transforms a sham-philosopher of a talking-cock to undermine the very pretense of philosophical virtue. View Full-Text
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Hawkins, T. Eloquent Alogia: Animal Narrators in Ancient Greek Literature. Humanities 2017, 6, 37.
Hawkins T. Eloquent Alogia: Animal Narrators in Ancient Greek Literature. Humanities. 2017; 6(2):37.Chicago/Turabian Style
Hawkins, Tom. 2017. "Eloquent Alogia: Animal Narrators in Ancient Greek Literature." Humanities 6, no. 2: 37.
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