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Hesiod and Classical Greek Poetry
Reception and Transformation in the Fifth Century BCE

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  • Date Published: June 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107162990

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  • Hesiod was regarded by the Greeks as a foundational figure of their culture, alongside Homer. This book examines the rich and varied engagement of fifth-century lyric and drama with the poetic corpus attributed to Hesiod as well as with the poetic figure of Hesiod. The first half of the book is dedicated to Hesiodic reception in Pindaric and Bacchylidean poetry, with a particular focus on poetics, genealogies and mythological narratives, and didactic voices. The second half examines how Hesiodic narratives are approached and appropriated in tragedy and satyr drama, especially in the Prometheus plays and in Euripides' Ion. It also explores the multifaceted engagement of Old Comedy with the poetry and authority associated with Hesiod. Through close readings of numerous case studies, the book surveys the complex landscape of Hesiodic reception in the fifth century BCE, focusing primarily on lyric and dramatic responses to the Hesiodic tradition.

    • Gives an overview of the variety, complexity and richness involved in poetic receptions of the Hesiodic corpus in the fifth century BCE
    • Takes into account recent research on performance and re-performance in antiquity as well as on gender studies, intertextuality and ancient reception
    • Proposes new interpretations of familiar texts and revisits old ones
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    • Date Published: June 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107162990
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 155 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Hesiod and the poetics of lyric
    2. Hesiodic narratives in lyric
    3. Lyric reception of Hesiod's didactic poetry
    4. Hesiodic narratives and the tragedians
    5. Hesiod and Old Comedy
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Zoe Stamatopoulou, Washington University, St Louis
    Zoe Stamatopoulou is Associate Professor of Classics at Washington University, St Louis. Her research focuses on Archaic and Classical Greek poetry as well as on Greek literature of the Imperial era, with an emphasis on the Hesiodic tradition and its reception in antiquity. She has authored several articles on Homer, Hesiod, Pindar, Euripides and Plutarch.

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