Arion's lyre: Archaic lyric into Hellenistic poetry

TitleArion's lyre: Archaic lyric into Hellenistic poetry
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsAcosta-Hughes, B
Number of Pages272 pp.
PublisherPrinceton University Press
CityPrinceton
ISBN9780691095257
Abstract

Arion's Lyre examines how Hellenistic poetic culture adapted, reinterpreted, and transformed Archaic Greek lyric through a complex process of textual, cultural, and creative reception. Looking at the ways in which the poetry of Sappho, Alcaeus, Ibycus, Anacreon, and Simonides was preserved, edited, and read by Hellenistic scholars and poets, the book shows that Archaic poets often look very different in the new social, cultural, and political setting of Hellenistic Alexandria. For example, the Alexandrian Sappho evolves from the singer of Archaic Lesbos but has distinct associations and contexts, from Ptolemaic politics and Macedonian queens to the new phenomenon of the poetry book and an Alexandrian scholarship intent on preservation and codification.

A study of Hellenistic poetic culture and an interpretation of some of the Archaic poets it so lovingly preserved, Arion's Lyre is also an examination of how one poetic culture reads another--and how modern readings of ancient poetry are filtered and shaped by earlier readings. [http://press.princeton.edu/titles/9181.html]

Review(s)

Mouseion 2010 10 (3) 442-445 Andrew Faulkner; Sehepunkte 2011 11 (10) Claas Lattmann; CR 2011 61 (1): 76-78 Deborah Steiner