Consolatory rhetoric: grief, symbol, and ritual in the by Donovan J. Ochs

By Donovan J. Ochs

Consolatory Rhetoric explores Greco-Roman funeral rites to bare how opposing symbols functioned rhetorically to convenience historic groups. whereas the majority of rhetorical feedback translates written texts, Donovan Ochs broadens the conventional concentration to contemplate non-verbal symbols in addition to motion and item languages. Ochs demonstrates that non-discursive dimensions of Greco-Roman burial rites held a spot of specific persuasive importance in consoling the population, and he attributes funeral customs practiced in modern Western civilization to the legacy of the traditional Greeks and Romans.

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Those who theorized the nature, causes, types, and effects of persuasion did addressin varying degrees of thoroughnessthe rationale of persuasion in situational contexts. One of these contexts was that of a funeral. What one should say in a funeral oration and the reasons for framing such oratory remain accessible for us. Subsequent chapters draw on this legacy of theoretical material. In the Greco-Roman Era oratory was considered an art form and a number of funeral orations remain available for study.

10. Kennedy, "A Hoot in the Dark," 4. 11. Kennedy, "A Hoot in the Dark," 20. 12. , ed. , Publishers, 1939), 2555. 13. Clifford Geertz, "Religion as a Cultural System," in Anthropological Approaches to the Study of Religion, ed. Michael Banton (London: Tavistock, 1966), 5. See also S. R. F. Price, Rituals and Power: The Roman Imperial Cult in Asia Minor (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1984).  . " (9). Also Mary Douglas, Natural Symbols: Explorations in Cosmology (New York: Random House, 1970) and her subsequent work in Implicit Meanings: Essays in Anthropology (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1975).

Edmund Leach, Culture and Communication: The Logic By Which Symbols Are Connected: An Introduction to the Use of Structuralist Analysis in Social Anthropology (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1976), 2. In this book Leach details the use of space and time in rituals (35), the indices of nonverbal communication systems (49), and such examples of binary coding as clothing (55), color (57), and silence (62). 30. Leach, Culture, 6. 31. Geoffrey E. R. Lloyd, Polarity and Analogy: Two Types of Argumentation in Greek Thought (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1966), 38.

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