Issue 1

The Pragmatics of Verbal Abuse in Homer

Introduction By employing recent work done in the discipline of Pragmatics (Historical Pragmatics; (Im)politeness studies), this paper aims to sketch out a typology and a description of the dynamics of verbal abuse in Homer. [*] The metalanguage of verbal abuse, that is, how the narrator… Read more

Anytus and the Rhetoric of Abuse in Plato’s Apology and Meno

πεφύκασι δ’ οἱ πλεῖστοι τῶν φιλοσόφων τῶν κωμικῶν κακήγοροι μᾶλλον εἶναι. Most philosophers are naturally more disposed to slander than the comic playwrights. Athenaeus, Deipnosophistae 5.220a The subject of this paper is the rhetorical strategies of abuse that Socrates employs in the Apology and Meno, strategies ubiquitous in Plato’s writings… Read more

Nationalism & Identity in the Balkans

Nationalism as a source of collective identity is the most persistent spiritual offspring of the French Revolution. The collapse of Yugoslavia refuted the view of Eric Hobsbawm (1990) who thought that the subject of his book was, historically speaking, in full retreat. The topicality of this phenomenon of nationalist revival… Read more

The Dialectics of Truth in Manolis Anagnostakis’ Poetry

This article examines Manolis Anagnostakis’s eight collections of poems, Τα ποιήματα 1941–1971 (Εποχές 1–3, Συνέχεια, Παρενθέσεις, Συνέχεια 2–3, Ο Στόχος [Epochs 1–3, Continuation, Parentheses, Continuation 2–3, The Goal]) that exemplify the spiritual journey of a (poetic) consciousness in crisis, suggesting an interpretive model for understanding and overcoming some of Greece’s… Read more