By Donovan J. Ochs
Consolatory Rhetoric explores Greco-Roman funeral rites to bare how opposing symbols functioned rhetorically to convenience old 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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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).
BENSON Page xiii Preface No one ever writes a book without the help and support of many others. This effort is no exception; in fact, without the assistance and encouragement of my colleagues and students, this book would remain unwritten. My debts are extensive and these few words of recognition can only go a short distance to express my gratitude. Consolatory Rhetoric had its beginning with a telephone call from Dierdre Johnston, a former graduate student and currently a faculty member at Carroll College, Waukesha, Wisconsin.
To each of you who took part in this project, please know that I am grateful. Page 1 Chapter One Rhetoric and Consolatory Ritual At some point in time all humans die. Each person's death has both impact and consequences, to a lesser or greater degree, depending on who the person was and the circumstances surrounding the death. After a death someone or some group of individuals conduct and participate in a funeral ritual. These rituals, ancient in origin and specific to a culture, are ceremonies designed to produce effects in the participants.