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- DescriptionReaders of Herodotus' Histories are familiar with its reports of bizarre portents, riddling oracles, and striking dreams. But Herodotus draws our attention to other types of signs too, beginning with human speech itself as a coded system that can manipulate and be manipulated. Objects, gifts, artifacts, markings, even the human body, are all capable of being invested with meaning in the Histories and Herodotus shows that conventionally and culturally determined actions, gestures, and ritual all need decoding. This book represents an unprecedented examination of signs and their interpreters, as well as the termilogy Herodotus uses to describe sign transmission, reception, and decoding. Through his control and involvement in this process he emerges as a veritable 'master of signs.'
- Author BiographyAlexander Hollmann is Assistant Professor of the Classics at the University of Washington.
- Author(s)Alexander Hollmann
- PublisherHarvard University, Center for Hellenic Studies
- Date of Publication01/07/2011
- SubjectAncient History
- Series TitleHellenic Studies Series
- Series Part/Volume Numberv. 48
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHarvard University, Center for Hellenic Studies
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight499 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine20 mm
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