This handbook for the reading of early Greek poetry is intended to be both a manual for teachers and a guide for advanced undergraduate and graduate students. It covers poetry in the elegiac and iambic genres, as well as melic poetry which is provisionally divided into the personal and the public. The book takes a critical look at scholarly trends applied in interpreting this poetry, exploring, for example, the problems of defining the nature of the elegiac genre, the origins of iambic poetry, the personal voice used by the poets, and the validity of historical criticism. Appearing in the
Classical Tradition series, it considers the impact of modern literary theory on the reading of these texts - for instance the new interpretations suggested by feminism - and guides readers to a full bibliography on scholarly debates from the 19th century to the present.
Douglas E. Gerber, Ph.D. (1959) in Greek, University of Toronto, is the W.S. Fox Professor and Chair of Classical Studies at the University of Western Ontario. He has published five books and numerous articles on the Greek lyric poets.
Gerber and MacLachlan append useful bibliographical lists to their sections and divisions...this is an effective refresher course in its subject. Robbin's review of Pindar is especially commendable.'
Religious Studies Review.
...even the layperson can profit by the interesting and highly informative introductions to each of the volume's 4 main sections.'
American Reference Books Annual.
…deserves a place on the reading lists of all students studying the subject.'
The Classical Review, 2000.
All those interested in Greek lyric poetry, from senior undergraduate students to specialists.