The Emergence of the Lyric Canon

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The Emergence of the Lyric Canon
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Bog, hardback
Udgivelsesdato:
09-05-2019
Sprog:
Engelsk
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The Hellenistic period was an era of literary canons, of privileged texts and collections. One of the most stable of these consisted of the nine (rarely ten) lyric poets: whether the selection was based on poetic quality, popularity, or the availability of texts in the Library of Alexandria, the Lyric Canon offers a valuable and revealing window on the reception and survival of lyric in antiquity. This volume explores the complexities inherent in the process by which lyric poetry was canonized, and discusses questions connected with the textual transmission and preservation of lyric poems from the archaic period through to the Hellenistic era. It firstly contextualizes lyric poetry geographically, and then focuses on a broad range of sources that played a critical role in the survival of lyric poetry - in particular, comedy, Plato, Aristotle's Peripatetic school, and the Hellenisticscholars - to discuss the reception of the nine canonical lyric poets and their work. By exploring the ways in which fifth- and fourth-century sources interpreted lyric material, and the role they played both in the scholarly work of the Alexandrians and in the creation of what we conventionally call theHellenistic Lyric Canon, it elucidates what can be defined as the prevailing pattern in the transmission of lyric poetry, as well as the place of Bacchylides as a puzzling exception to this norm. The overall discussion conclusively demonstrates that the canonizing process of the lyric poets was already at work from the fifth century BC and that it is reflected both in the evaluation of lyric by fourth-century thinkers and in the activities of the Hellenistic scholars in the Library ofAlexandria.

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Udgivelsesdato:
09-05-2019
ISBN13:
9780198810865
Vægt:
708 g
Dybde:
28 mm
Bredde:
161 mm
Højde:
238 mm
Format:
Hardback
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    The Hellenistic period was an era of literary canons, of privileged texts and collections. This volume examines the genesis of the Lyric Canon, and explores the process of canonization of lyric poetry and the textual transmission and preservation of lyric poems from the archaic period through to the Hellenistic era. 2 maps and 4 black-and-white figures

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