A celebratory feast

Vaughan, Michael () A celebratory feast.

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Title A celebratory feast
Abstract/Summary 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.
Keyword Symposium
Hospitality and good food
Traditional parades
Wine from the Aegean Sea
Athenian democracy
A new Odysseus
Aristotelian teaching
Subjects 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies
16 Studies in Human Society
Author Vaughan, Michael
Additional Notes The Poem consists of nine rhyming quatrains and 12 pictorial images and tables intended to enhance the meaning of the text. The Poem commences and ends with a prologue and an epilogue based on the writings of two of Ancient Greece's greatest sons, Homer ["The Odyssey", Book XXIV] and Aristotle ["Politics", Book VII, Part VIII]. The quotations address the perennial issues of peace-making after destructive war and the role and functions of the state.

 
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Created: Sun, 05 Feb 2012, 11:37:00 EST by Dr Michael Vaughan on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies