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Coming of Age, Peer Groups, and Rites of Passage

Claude Calame

in The Oxford Handbook of Hellenic Studies

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780199286140
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199286140.013.0025

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

Coming of Age, Peer Groups, and Rites of Passage

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In comparing the symposium to a Männerbund (brotherhood), this article reflects on its role as a backdrop to the discourse of social ‘initiation’ in a broader discussion of ‘rites of passage’ – rituals that more or less explicitly sacramentalize and define the development of the individual as a social being in ancient Greece, as in other societies. It discusses the rites of passage for groups of adolescents, initiation processes for young people, choral education for young girls, and narrative logic and aetiology.

Keywords: adolescents; rites of passage; social being; symposium; ancient Greece; choral education; aetiology

Article.  5405 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Ancient Greek History ; Greek and Roman Archaeology

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