The Cup of Song: Studies on Poetry and the Symposion

TitleThe Cup of Song: Studies on Poetry and the Symposion
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2016
EditorObbink, DD, Prodi, EE, Cazzato, V
Ancient AuthorsBacchylides Lyr. (TLG 0199), Pindarus Lyr. (TLG 0033), Aeschylus Trag. (TLG 0085), Quintus Horatius Flaccus (PHI 0893), Alcaeus Lyr. (TLG 0383), Aristophanes Comic. (TLG 0019), Lucianus Soph. (TLG 0062)
Number of Pages352 pp.
PublisherOxford University Press
CityOxford
ISBN9780199687688 (print)
Abstract

The symposion is arguably the most significant and well-documented context for the performance, transmission, and criticism of archaic and classical Greek poetry. The Cup of Song explores how Greek poetry relates to the symposion considered as both an actual performance context and an imaginary space pregnant with social, political, and aesthetic implications. This collection of essays by an international group of leading scholars flashes light on different facets of this symbiotic relation of symposion and poetry across Greek literary history. It covers the entire span of Greek literature into its afterlife, from the Near Eastern origins of the Greek symposion in the eighth century to Horace’s evocations of his archaic models and Lucian’s knowing reworking of classic texts. The Introduction traces the running threads of sympotic poetry from its beginnings to the Hellenistic age, while each of the twelve chapters discusses one aspect of sympotic engagement by key authors in archaic and classical lyric, tragedy, comedy, and Hellenistic epigram, also taking into account the visual evidence of painted pottery. By examining this diverse body of texts from the unifying perspective of their relation to the symposion, with an eye to both the common features and the specificity of individual genres and texts, the volume attempts a characterization of the full spectrum of sympotic poetry. [http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687688.001.0001/acprof-9780199687688]

DOI10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687688.001.0001

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