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A celebratory feast

By Michael Vaughan

Abstract

The Poem is an extended celebration of the richness of Greek culture - in terms of food, hospitality, generosity of spirit,intellectual accomplishment and political originality as the creators of democracy. The opening metaphor is that of an Australian tourist, visiting Greece for a holiday. The metaphor is then extended, through the eyes of the tourist, to include the richness and antiquity of the culture he is fortunate enough to visit. The prologue indicates the god-like quality of peace-making and the epilogue clearly outlines the functions of the state, 1,998 years before the sovereign state system of government was initiated by the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648

Topics: Symposium, Hospitality and good food, Traditional parades, Wine from the Aegean Sea, Athenian democracy, A new Odysseus, Aristotelian teaching, 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services, 16 Studies in Human Society, 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing, 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies
OAI identifier: oai:espace.library.uq.edu.au:UQ:266892

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