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The Hidden Chorus: Echoes of Genre in Tragic Lyric

L. A. Swift


Choral performance permeated Greek life on every level, from private weddings and funerals to large‐scale religious festivals, yet the relationship between these ritual choruses and the better known choruses of tragedy has never been systematically examined. This book represents the first detailed study of the interaction between tragic and lyric choral song. It aims to enrich our understanding of the socio‐cultural position of both tragedy and lyric poetry, exploring the roles that these types of song played within the ritual life of the community. Thus through the connections between tragic ... More

Keywords: chours, tragedy, lyric, genre, ritual, performance, paean, epinician, partheneia, hymenaios, threnos

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199577842
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577842.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

L. A. Swift, author
Junior Research Fellow in Classics, Trinity College, Oxford