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Greek Elegy and Iambus
A Selection


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    • Date Published: August 2019
    • availability: In stock
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107559974


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    • Elegy and iambus are major forms of Greek literature which are crucial to understanding the Archaic and early Classical periods in particular. This edition gathers work by ten poets: two iambic (Semonides and Hipponax), six elegiac (Callinus, Tyrtaeus, Mimnermus, Theognis, Xenophanes, Simonides), and two writing in both forms (Archilochus and Solon). It explores a representative sample of each poet's surviving work, while also highlighting their variety, and provides an up-to-date commentary on major pieces, including recent discoveries such as Simonides' Plataea elegy and Archilochus' Telephus elegy. The wide-ranging Introduction discusses such issues as poet and persona, contexts of performance, and various cultural themes (expansion and contact with foreign cultures, social and political revolution, sexuality and gender, rationalism) as well as language, style, metre, and textual transmission. The volume will be of interest to upper-level undergraduate and graduate students, as well as to scholars of early Greek literature and cultural history.

      • Provides an excellent introduction to these important forms of Greek literature through a representative sample of the work of ten poets
      • Includes some recent discoveries such as Simonides' Plataea elegy and Archilochus' Telephus elegy
      • The up-to-date introduction and commentary provide linguistic help as well as literary and cultural analysis
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      Product details

      • Date Published: August 2019
      • format: Paperback
      • isbn: 9781107559974
      • length: 264 pages
      • dimensions: 215 x 138 x 13 mm
      • weight: 0.38kg
      • contains: 1 map
      • availability: In stock
    • Table of Contents

      1. Elegy and iambus as poetic forms
      2. Performance and mobility
      3. Poets and personae
      4. Society and culture
      5. Language, style, metre
      6. Transmission of the text
      Greek elegy and Iambus: A Selection: Archilochus

    • Editor (Introduction and Notes)

      William Allan, University of Oxford
      William Allan is McConnell Laing Fellow in Classical Languages and Literature at University College, Oxford. His publications include an edition in the Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics series of Euripides' Helen (2008).

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