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Arion's Lyre (Hardback)

Archaic Lyric into Hellenistic Poetry

Ancient History > Ancient Greece & the Hellenistic World > Greek Art & Architecture

Imprint: Princeton University Press
Pages: 252
ISBN: 9780691095257
Published: 31st December 2010
Casemate UK Academic

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This study examines how Hellenistic poetic culture adapted, reinterpreted, and transformed Archaic Greek lyric through a complex process of textual, cultural, and creative reception. Looking at the ways in which the poetry of Sappho, Alcaeus, Ibycus, Anacreon, and Simonides was preserved, edited, and read by Hellenistic scholars and poets, the book shows that Archaic poets often look very different in the new social, cultural, and political setting of Hellenistic Alexandria. For example, the Alexandrian Sappho evolves from the singer of Archaic Lesbos but has distinct associations and contexts, from Ptolemaic politics and Macedonian queens to the new phenomenon of the poetry book and an Alexandrian scholarship intent on preservation and codification.

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