A Companion to Greek Literature (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World)
Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub
A Companion to Greek Literature presents a comprehensive introduction to the wide range of texts and literary forms produced in the Greek language over the course of a millennium beginning from the 6th century BCE up to the early years of the Byzantine Empire.
• Features contributions from a wide range of established experts and emerging scholars of Greek literature
• Offers comprehensive coverage of the many genres and literary forms produced by the ancient Greeks--including epic and lyric poetry, oratory, historiography, biography, philosophy, the novel, and technical literature
• Includes readings that address the production and transmission of ancient Greek texts, historic reception, individual authors, and much more
• Explores the subject of ancient Greek literature in innovative ways
superior to these two peevish fellows, or humbles himself Textual Survival and Transmission 37 by saying it has been his honor to have consorted with heroes better than himself – and by implication, them too. When confronted by variants, an editor in traditional print editions had to pick one and only one for pride of place in the main text, while relegating the other(s) to the marginal existence of the apparatus criticus at the foot of the page. So Thomas Allen’s OCT text prints ὑμῖν in
then‐young Sicilian poet Stesichorus, who composed lyric‐epic choral songs (works include Oresteia, Geryoneis, and Sack of Troy) of such length and narrative and dramatic complexity that some scholars insist they must have been performed as citharodic monody. (Cingano 2003, 25–34 effectively defends the traditional view that Stesichorus, “he who sets up the chorus,” was predominantly a choral poet; cf. Curtis 2011, 23–37.) Burkert (1987) has proposed that these new choral settings of heroic
rhapsody, and citharody, festivals hosted iambic poetry and elegy. Ewen Bowie has convincingly argued that long‐form elegy devoted to historical narrative—an intriguing poetic precursor to prose history – and perhaps also mythical accounts was presented at festivals. More specifically, we have evidence suggesting that such elegy featured in musical contests, performed by professional or accomplished amateur aulodes (singers to the aulos), agonistic musicians akin to citharodes (Bowie 1986; 2010).
them an authority that they did not in fact possess as a consequence of a political decision made by the Athenian demos. Among later classical literature, Plato’s decision to end the Republic, his theory of justice as a good independent of the consequences in this world and after, with the myth of Er and the Athenian stranger’s insistence on combining laws and preludes (prooimia; 722d–723a) also deserve comparison. 10 Of course, the many‐wiled Odysseus is a poet of a different stamp; when he
Texts and the Rise of Literate Culture in Ancient Greece. Cambridge. Zadorojnyi, A. V. 2013. “Libraries and Paideia in the Second Sophistic.” In J. König, K. Oikonomopoulou, and G. Woolf, eds., Ancient Libraries. Cambridge, 377–400. Zanker, G. 1989. “Current Trends in the Study of Hellenic Myth in Early Third‐century Alexandrian Poetry: The Case of Theocritus.” Antike und Abendland 35: 83–103. FURTHER READING The bibliography on the politics, society, and literary culture of Greece, Egypt, and