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Iambus and Elegy: New Approaches

Laura Swift and Chris Carey


The study of early Greek poetry has undergone a renaissance in recent decades. But the lion’s share of interest has been devoted to melic poetry. The other small-scale poetic forms, iambus and elegy, have been relegated to a lesser position in modern scholarship. However, iambus and elegy were very important in their own right within the performance culture of archaic Greece. They outlived lyric and were also very significant for the development of Hellenistic and Roman poetry and thus for the shaping of later Western literature. This volume devoted exclusively to these two forms seeks to make ... More

Keywords: iambus, elegy, lyric, early Greek poetry, genre, intertextuality, reception

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199689743
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689743.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Swift, editor
Lecturer in Classical Studies, Open University

Chris Carey, editor
Professor of Greek, University College London

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Laura Swift, and Chris Carey

Part I Poetry in Performance

1 Cultic Contexts for Elegiac Performance

Ewen Bowie (Corpus Christi College, Oxford)

2 Choral Elegy: The Tyranny of the Handbook

Cecilia Nobili (Università degli Studi di Milano)

3 Coarse Poetics: Listening to Hipponax

Deborah Boedeker (Brown University)

Part II Charting Genre, Creating Traditions

5 The Ancient Literary History of Iambos

Andrea Rotstein (Tel Aviv University)

7 Simonides’ Personal Elegies

David Sider (New York University)

8 Writing Solon

Antonio Aloni (Università di Torino) and Alessandro Iannucci (Università di Bologna)

Part III Cultural Interactions

10 Elegy and Epic

Laura Lulli (La Sapienza – Università di Roma)

11 Mythological Narratives in Hipponax

Margarita Alexandrou (UCL)

12 Bupalus in Scheria

Tom Hawkins (Ohio State University)

Part IV Ancient Receptions and Intertexts

14 Warding off a Hailstorm of Blood

Christopher G. Brown (University of Western Ontario)

15 The ‘Ship of Fools’ in Euenus 8b and Plato’s Republic 488a–489a

Paula da Cunha Corrêa (University of São Paulo, Brazil)

16 Anger, Bile, and the Poet’s Body in the Archilochean Tradition

Julia Nelson Hawkins (Ohio State University)