By Steven Johnstone
Content material: Haggling -- Measuring -- protecting music -- Valuing -- participating -- Apportioning legal responsibility -- identifying -- universal greek weights and measures
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It evokes Archestratus’s Life of Pleasure, which catalogued foods, especially ﬁsh, explaining where and when to get the best and how to prepare them exquisitely. ”93 Lynkeos snatches lines from a poem of praise and uses them to defame,94 and he changes the context from ﬁne dining to chaffering with ﬁshmongers. The subtle and complicated humor seems to depend on these inversions, on the absurdity of quoting epic verse in a sordid situation, and on the idea that this might actually get a ﬁsh seller to lower his price.
115 But mime 7’s Kerdon is abject. He tries everything; he is, by turns, obsequious, pitiable, boasting, hurt, and ﬂirtatious. He persistently endures Metro’s abuse in the futile hope that he may yet sell some shoes. But no, by refusing to buy, Metro now has the power, and she humiliates Kerdon. 116 She has brought her friends to watch her humiliate the cobbler. ) In two other places she directly commands him how to speak to her. 118 This mime works by appropriating haggling and leveraging it to create complex meanings.
But ﬁnally, I should note, the scene makes the most sense if you understand Kerdon as a willing, even eager, participant in his own abasement, a man who enacts the haggling script not out of necessity (he says he’s already refused another customer for personal reasons [lines 99–104]) but so that he can extend to Metro an enigmatic invitation to join him later. Naughty indeed. Controlling Haggling For each of the perceived asymmetries of power between buyers and sellers—with regard to information about the goods and competence at negotiating—you can imagine passing laws that attempt to rectify them.
A history of trust in ancient Greece by Steven Johnstone