Feasts and Ancient Greek Dance: Live Texts and Key Symbols

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Sotirios Bekakos,
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

DOI: 10.47298/comela22.1-2
The GLOCAL Proceedings:  The GLOCAL Conference in the Mediterranean and Europe 2022

Abstract

Feasts and ancient Greek dance are two key elements of the ancient world that can be studied in an anthropological perspective. These two elements are strictly connected in ancient Greek culture. In previous studies, I attempted to focus on the dialectal elements of the feast in Southern Italian romance and Greek dialects, to illustrate the persistence of the feast as linguistic and cultural elements that symbolize the memory of a community (Bekakos 2009, pp. 29–51). In this paper, feasts and ancient Greek dance are discussed as linguistic, social, and cultural phenomena, and as a case study, I chose the island of Salamina, near Piraeus, for its rich undiscovered ancient Greek cultural elements.


Keywords: Salamina, feast, ancient Greek dance, symbol, text


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