Choral Performance and Geometric Patterns in Epic Poetry and Iconographic Representations

TitleChoral Performance and Geometric Patterns in Epic Poetry and Iconographic Representations
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsCarruesco, J
EditorCazzato, V, Lardinois, A
Book TitleThe Look of Lyric: Greek Song and the Visual. Studies in Archaic and Classical Greek Song, vol. 1
Series TitleMnemosyne Supplements 391
Pagination69-107
PublisherBrill
CityLeiden
ISBN9789004314849 (ebook)
Abstract

The subject of this paper is the relationship between the visual representation of choral performance as described in some epic passages (particularly in the description of the shield of Achilles) and the iconographic language, both figured and geometric, of the Geometric period. The study of this relationship leads to the consideration of a more fundamental issue: the function of choral mimesis in the definition and organization of the space of the polis at multiple levels, physical, social and poetic, through the visual and textual projection of a limited range of symbolic, articulating images upon the watching community. In this wider sense, chorality is defined as a cultural paradigm, including both actual choral performance and its iconographic or textual representations, which underlies, beyond choral lyric, central aspects of Greek culture, particularly in the Archaic period, such as epic poetry or painted pottery. [http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/books/b9789004314849_005]

DOI10.1163/9789004314849_005

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