The Reception of Greek Lyric Poetry in the Ancient World: Transmission, Canonization and Paratext

Studies in Archaic and Classical Greek Song, Vol. 5


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In The Reception of Greek Lyric Poetry in the Ancient World: Transmission, Canonization and Paratext, a team of international scholars consider the afterlife of early Greek lyric poetry (iambic, elegiac, and melic) up to the 12th century CE, from a variety of intersecting perspectives: reperformance, textualization, the direct and indirect tradition, anthologies, poets’ Lives, and the disquisitions of philosophers and scholars. Particular attention is given to the poets Tyrtaeus, Solon, Theognis, Sappho, Alcaeus, Stesichorus, Pindar, and Timotheus. Consideration is given to their reception in authors such as Aristophanes, Herodotus, Plato, Plutarch, Athenaeus, Aelius Aristides, Catullus, Horace, Virgil, Ovid, and Statius, as well as their discussion by Peripatetic scholars, the Hellenistic scholia to Pindar, Horace’s commentator Porphyrio, and Eustathius on Pindar.

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Bruno Currie, DPhil (2000), Oxford University, is Associate Professor of Classics at that university. His research interests include early Greek epic and lyric poetry and Greek religion. He is the author of Pindar and the Cult of Heroes (OUP, 2005) and Homer’s Allusive Art (OUP, 2016).
Ian Rutherford, DPhil (1986), Oxford University, Professor of Classics at Reading University, works on Greek poetry and religion and its Mediterranean/W. Asiatic contexts. Recent books include State Pilgrims and Sacred Observers in Ancient Greece (2013) and Greco-Egyptian Interactions (2016).

List of Contributors: Andre Lardinois, Eveline van Hilten-Rutten, Gregory Nagy, Claude Calame, Krystyna Bartol, Theodora Hadjimichael, ElsaBouchard, David Fearn, Andrea Capra, Maria Kazanskaya, Ewen Bowie, Gregor Bitto, Stefano Caciagli, Renate Schlesier, Jessica Romney, Jacqueline Klooster, Francesca Modini, Tom Phillips, Enrico Prodi, Johannes Breuer, Arlette Neumann-Hartmann.
"The volume consists of a detailed introduction and 21 essays arranged into seven parts in terms of theme and time. In size, it is imposing; in scope, it is inspiring." Lawrence Kowerski in BMCR 2021.04.35
Preface Note on Abbreviations, Texts, and Translations Notes on Contributors
1 The Reception of Greek Lyric Poetry in the Ancient World: Transmission, Canonization, and ParatextBruno Currie and Ian Rutherford

Part 1 Transmission

2 New Philology and the Classics: Accounting for Variation in the Textual Transmission of Greek Lyric PoetryAndré Lardinois
3 Tyrtaeus the Lawgiver: Plutarch and Diodorus Siculus on Tyrtaeus fr. 4Eveline van Hilten-Rutten

Part 2 Canons

4 On the Shaping of the Lyric Canon in AthensGregory Nagy
5 Melic Poets and Melic Forms in the Comedies of Aristophanes: Poetic Genres and the Creation of a CanonClaude Calame
6 Structuring the Genre: The Fifth- and Fourth-Century Authors on Elegy and Elegiac PoetsKrystyna Bartol

Part 3 Lyric in the Peripatetics

7 The Peripatetics and the Transmission of LyricTheodora A. Hadjimichael
8 The Self-Revealing Poet: Lyric Poetry and Cultural History in the Peripatetic SchoolElsa Bouchard

Part 4 Early Reception

9 Lyric Reception and Sophistic Literarity in Timotheus’ PersaeDavid Fearn
10 “Total Reception”: Stesichorus as Revenant in Plato’s Phaedrus (with a New Stesichorean Fragment?)Andrea Capra
11 Indirect Tradition on Sappho’s kertomiaMaria Kazanskaya

Part 5 Reception in Roman poetry

12 Alcaeus’ stasiotica: Catullan and Horatian ReadingsEwen Bowie
13 Pindar, Paratexts, and Poetry: Architectural Metaphors in Pindar and Roman Poets (Virgil, Horace, Propertius, Ovid, and Statius)Gregor Bitto

Part 6 Second Sophistic Contexts

14 Sympotic Sappho? The Recontextualization of Sappho’s Verses in AthenaeusStefano Caciagli
15 A Sophisticated hetaira at Table: Athenaeus’ SapphoRenate Schlesier
16 Solon and the Democratic Biographical TraditionJessica Romney
17 Strategies of Quoting Solon’s Poetry in Plutarch’s Life of SolonJacqueline Klooster
18 Playing with Terpander & Co.: Lyric, Music, and Politics in Aelius Aristides’ To the Rhodians: Concerning ConcordFrancesca Modini

Part 7 Scholarship

19 Historiography and Ancient Pindaric ScholarshipTom Phillips
20 Poem-Titles in Simonides, Pindar, and BacchylidesEnrico Emanuele Prodi
21 Ita dictum accipe: Pomponius Porphyrio on Early Greek Lyric Poetry in HoraceJohannes Breuer
22 Pindar and His Commentator Eustathius of ThessalonicaArlette Neumann-Hartmann
Index of Passages General Index
Anyone interested in Greek lyric poetry, the textual tradition, ancient scholarship, the ancient commentary tradition, ancient contexts of reception, the creation of a literary canon, the history of literary genres.
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