CONSTRUCTING IDENTITIES: RELIGIOUS ARGUMENTATION, SEXUALITY AND SOCIAL IDENTITY IN ATTIC FORENSIC ORATORY

Andreas Serafim

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This paper explores how religious argumentation is used in the construction of sexual and social identities, and the impact this may have had on the audiences in Athenian courts. There are only a few references to religion in Attic oratory that point to and undermine an individual’s sexuality and/or social standing. These references fall largely into two related categories: aggressive references that denote morally, socially, legally and sexually condemnable identities; and occupational references that describe the social occupation of people in relation to religious duties and obligations. It has been argued that orators’ use of religious discourse for identity construction is designed to sustain a close bond between the speaker and the audience, while also estranging their opponents from the group.


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Identity; Impiety; Religious argumentation; Sexuality; Social identity

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