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Words matter: elocution, law and morals in classical Athens
Journal Title: PARADIGMI 
Author/s: Pia Campeggiani 
Year:  2016 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  11 Pg. 39-49 FullText PDF:  173 KB
DOI:  10.3280/PARA2016-001004
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The author deals with the distinction, made by IV century B.C. Greek philosophers, between obscene language meant to defame individuals on a personal basis and vulgar buffoonery purely intended to make people laugh. It is suggested that whereas Athenian law just sanctioned defamation and insult, the issue of obscenity and indecency was interesting in itself to ethical and political thinkers.
Keywords: Aristotle, law, morals, obscene language, parrēsia, Plato.

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Pia Campeggiani, Words matter: elocution, law and morals in classical Athens in "PARADIGMI" 1/2016, pp. 39-49, DOI:10.3280/PARA2016-001004


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