Talking Greeks: Speech, Animals, and the Other in Homer, Aeschylus, and Plato

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John Heath, The Talking Greeks: Speech, Animals, and the Other in Homer, Aeschylus, and Plato (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005)


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A book that almost begs you to test your own ideas against it. Heath discusses how the Greeks of his title use language as a dividing line between what we might call “Greek-ness” and “Other-ness”. A conservative approach that is, nonetheless, very well argued, and challenges you to really think about the lines we draw between human animals and non-human animals and how we then apply that division to “other” human beings (women, barbarians, and slaves, in particular) as well. - SUSAN A. CURRY