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Bacchylides: Politics, Performance, Poetic Tradition

David Fearn


This book combines close literary analysis of Bacchylides' poetry with detailed discussion of the central role poetry played in a variety of differing political contexts throughout Greece in the early 5th century BC. In Bacchylides' praise poetry, it is argued, the poet manipulates a wide range of earlier Greek literature not only to elevate the status of his wealthy patrons, but also to provoke thought about the nature of political power and aristocratic society. New light is also shed on Bacchylides' Dithyrambs, through detailed discussion of the evidence for the kuklios khoros (‘circular ch ... More

Keywords: Bacchylides, Greek poetry, Greek literature, praise poetry, Dithyrambs, kuklios khoros, democratic Athens, Greek politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199215508
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199215508.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Fearn, author
P. S. Allen Junior Research Fellow in Classics, Corpus Christi College, Oxford
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