By ed. Jan Bremmer and Herman Roodenburg, introduction by Keith Thomas
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Blok, 'Rams and billy-goats: a key to the Mediterranean code of honour', Man, 16 (1981), pp. 427-40. Sarakatsani: Campbell, Honour, Family and Patronage, p. 279. -P. Vcrnant, La mort dans lcs yeux (Paris, 1985), pp. 39-40; add Euripides, Heracles 163. 40 O n Clement, John, and Christian deportment, see now Peter Brown, The Body and Society (New York, 19SS), pp. 122-39 and 305-22, respectively. 41 Erasmus: the best study of Erasmus's treatise is H. de la Fontaine Verwey, 'The first "book of etiquette" for children: Erasmus' De civilitate morumpuel-ilium', Quaerendo, 1 (1971), pp.
Let us consider some paradigmatic examples. Richard Ford, who wrote one of the best nineteenth-century travel books, provides a list of seven common gestures as an appendix t o his discussion of the Spanish language and its dialects. H e concludes his list with the following reflection: T o speak Spanish well [a man must] suit his action to his words; especially in Andalucia and southern countries, where bodily excitement keeps pace with mental imagination. It is no still life, and, although a pantomime, is anything but a dumb show: gesticulation is a safety-valve of the superabundant energy and caloric of the South .
77) surely did not intend to praise his opponents by mentioning that they always walked fast. These Demosthenic orations (32 and 45) are particularly interesting because they concern the walks of people who have good reason to be conscious of prejudice against them and t o fear that others will use their personal habits as grounds for increasing hostility against them. 8), who has no time for conversation when he is walking in the street. 34) states that to walk slowly is the sign of o r 'great-souled' man.