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The Cambridge History of Classical Literature

The Cambridge History of Classical Literature

Volume 1. Greek Literature

Part 1. Early Greek Poetry


Part of The Cambridge History of Classical Literature

G. S. Kirk, J. P. Barron, P. E. Easterling, B. M. W. Knox, Charles Segal, David A. Campbell, Martin Drury
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  • Date Published: May 1989
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521359818

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  • 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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    • Date Published: May 1989
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521359818
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Editorial note
    1. Homer G. S. Kirk
    2. Hesiod J. P. Barron and P. E. Easterling
    3. The epic tradition after Homer and Hesiod J. P. Barron, P. E. Easterling and G. S. Kirk
    4. Elegy and iambus J. P. Barron, P. E. Easterling and B. M. W. Knox
    5. Archaic choral lyric Charles Segal
    6. Monody David A. Campbell
    7. Choral lyric in the fifth century Charles Segal
    Appendix of authors and works Martin Drury
    Metrical appendix Martin Drury

  • Editors

    P. E. Easterling

    Bernard M. W. Knox


    G. S. Kirk, J. P. Barron, P. E. Easterling, B. M. W. Knox, Charles Segal, David A. Campbell, Martin Drury

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