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In: Dead Sea Discoveries

Abstract

Ancient theory of genre focused more on the “speaking persona” than on the performative aspects of each type of text, as we do now. Starting from these premises, I examine the attitudes towards choral performance in exegetical literature, and especially in the scholia to Pindar. This analysis shows that while Hellenistic and later scholars might not have read lyric poetry with a specific interest in performance per se, they did take an interest in the chorus. Yet this happened more at a theoretical level, when scholars discussed lyric poetry in general, than “in practice,” as the exegesis of each poem was mostly focused on the very words of the text itself.

In: Genre in Archaic and Classical Greek Poetry: Theories and Models
In: Homer and the Bible in the Eyes of Ancient Interpreters