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Early Greek Hexameter Poetry

Early Greek Hexameter Poetry

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  • Date Published: July 2016
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316608883

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  • This is the first book to give an introduction to all genres of early Greek hexameter poetry; not only heroic legend and the origins of the gods, but also wisdom literature, genealogy, oracles, and epigraphy. It introduces both apprentice and expert readers to the extant poems and to the fragments of some lost poems. Some useful tools can be found here which do not exist anywhere else: a list of all known early hexameter inscriptions; a catalogue of evidence for 'cropping and splicing' of poems in ancient editions; an index of the editions of over a hundred fragmentary poets and poems. This book offers the most up-to-date research on literary criticism and literary form, mythology and genre, language and metre, and performance and music.

    • Covers all genres of early Greek hexameter verse, from epic to epigraphy
    • Features resources unavailable elsewhere including catalogues of early hexameter inscriptions, and an index of editions of fragmentary poets and poems
    • Accessible to both apprentice and expert readers
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'The overall standard of the book is very high, the language clear, the discussion balanced, and the ratio between theory and examples from various passages of early Greek hexameter poetry is apt. Especially useful are the sections about the criteria usually put forward in order to take a stance in matters of authorship or dating, and their limits, as well as those on linguistics and on the relationships between poems. The account of why epic poets retained some Aeolic formulae is very clear.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316608883
    • length: 159 pages
    • dimensions: 237 x 156 x 7 mm
    • weight: 0.24kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Poems:
    1. The Hesiodic works and days
    2. The Hesiodic theogony
    3. The Hesiodic catalogue of women
    4. The Hesiodic shield
    5. The Homeric hymns
    6. The epic cycle
    7. Oracle collectors (chresmologoi)
    8. Epigraphy
    Part II. Genre:
    9. Large-scale: overarching topics and themes
    10. Medium-scale: sub-themes and major structural features
    11. Small-scale: tropes and stylistic features
    Part III. Tradition and Legend:
    12. Unrecorded traditions
    13. Hexameter and the formula
    14. Pre history of the epic tradition
    Part IV. Performance:
    15. Musical instruments
    16. Rhythm
    17. Pitch and melody
    18. Performance context
    Part V. Fragments:
    19. Introduction to fragments
    20. Examples of fragments
    21. How to approach a fragmentary text
    22. Vestigial fragments
    Part VI. Relationship between Poems:
    23. Modern scholarship: neoanalysis and other 'systemic' interpretations
    24. Ancient transmission: cropping and splicing

  • Editor

    Peter Gainsford, Victoria University of Wellington
    Peter Gainsford received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1999, and has since taught at the University of Manchester, and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He is the author of several articles on Homeric narrative and linguistics, literary criticism, Dictys of Crete, and comparative mythology.

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