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Simonides the Poet
Intertextuality and Reception


  • Date Published: April 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107141704

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  • Simonides is tantalising and enigmatic, known both from fragments and from an extensive tradition of anecdotes. This monograph, the first in English for a generation, employs a two-part diachronic approach: Richard Rawles first reads Simonidean fragments with attention to their intertextual relationship with earlier works and traditions, and then explores Simonides through his ancient reception. In the first part, interactions between Simonides' own poems and earlier traditions, both epic and lyric, are studied in his melic fragments and then in his elegies. The second part focuses on an important strand in Simonides' ancient reception, concerning his supposed meanness and interest in remuneration. This is examined in Pindar's Isthmian 2, and then in Simonides' reception up to the Hellenistic period. The book concludes with a full re-interpretation of Theocritus 16, a poem which engages both with Simonides' poems and with traditions about his life.

    • Combines a new study of Simonides' fragments with a study of his reception in antiquity
    • Provides many new readings, both of Simonides' fragments and of the anecdotes about him
    • Focuses particularly on traditions concerning Simonides' parsimony or greed
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107141704
    • length: 318 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 183 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.74kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Simonides and the Poets of the Past:
    1. Epic traditions in lyric songs
    2. The 'new Simonides': Homeric and Elegiac transformations
    Part II. Simonidea: Simonides Through Ancient Receptions:
    3. Pindar, Simonides and money: Pindar's Isthmian 2
    4. Simonides and wealth: a critical description of the tradition
    5. From stories to songs: Simonides êßìâéî in the fragments
    6. Simonides, history and êëÝïò: Theocritus' Charites or Hieron. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Richard Rawles, University of Edinburgh
    Richard Rawles is Lecturer in Greek at the University of Edinburgh, and has previously taught at the University of St Andrews, University College London and the University of Nottingham. With Peter Agócs and Chris Carey he has co-edited two volumes on epinician poetry, and his other publications include articles on Aeschylus, Simonides, Sappho and Theocritus.

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