The Cambridge History of Classical Literature: Volume 1, Greek Literature, Part 1, Early Greek Poetry
The period from the eighth to the fifth centuries B.C. was one of extraordinary creativity in the Greek-speaking world. Poetry was a public and popular medium, and its production was closely related to developments in contemporary society. At the time when the city states were acquiring their distinctive institutions epic found the greatest of all its exponents in Homer, and lyric poetry for both solo and choral performance became a genre which attracted poets of the first rank, writers of the quality of Sappho, Alcaeus and Pindar, whose influence on later literature was to be profound. This volume covers the epic tradition, the didactic poems of Hesiod and his imitators, and the wide-ranging work of the iambic, elegiac and lyric poets of what is loosely called the archaic age. The contributors make use of recent papyrus finds (particularly in the case of Archilochus and Stesichorus) to fill out the picture of a cosmopolitan and highly sophisticated literary culture which had not yet found its intellectual centre in Athens.
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2 The Iliad
3 The Odyssey
The epic tradition after Homer and Hesiod
2 The Homeric Hymns
4 Elegy and iambus
Callinus Tyrtaeus Mimnermus
Choral lyric in the fifth century
Archaic choral lyric
Achaeans Achilles Agamemnon Ajax Alcaeus Alcman Anacreon ancient Aphrodite Apollo archaic Archilochus Athens Bacchylides Berlin century B.C. choral lyric choral poetry chorus composed Cyrnus D. A. Campbell D. E. Gerber dactylic death detail dithyramb divine Early Greek poetry elegiac epic erotic festivals fifth century fighting fragments Gentili Geryoneis girls goddess gods Greek lyric poetry Hagesichora Hector Helen Heracles Hermes heroic Hesiod hexameter Hipponax Homer honour Hymn iambic trimeter Ibycus Iliad Iliou persis important language later lines lyre lyric poetry lyric poetry London M. L. West metre metrical Mimnermus Muses myth mythical narrative Odyssey Olympian oral Oxford papyrus Partheneion passage Patroclus Pindar poem poet poet's poetic poetry London 1967 Pythian repr Sappho scene seems simile Simonides singer Solon song Sparta stanza Stesichorus style Suda suggests survive syllable Telemachus TEXTS AND COMMENTARIES themes Theognis Töv tradition Trojan Troy Tyrtaeus verses words Zeus
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