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Poet, Public, and Performance in Ancient Greece
     

Poet, Public, and Performance in Ancient Greece

by Lowell Edmunds (Editor), Robert W. Wallace (Editor)
 

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Poetry in archaic and classical Greece was a practical art, arising from specific social or political circumstances. The interpretation of a poem or drama must therefore be viewed in the context of its performance. This book brings together a distinguished group of contributors to reconstruct the performance context of a wide array of works, including the epic poem,

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Poetry in archaic and classical Greece was a practical art, arising from specific social or political circumstances. The interpretation of a poem or drama must therefore be viewed in the context of its performance. This book brings together a distinguished group of contributors to reconstruct the performance context of a wide array of works, including the epic poem, tragedy, lyric, elegy, and proverbs. 200 pp.

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Diskin Clay
It is with real enthusiasm that I recommend Poet,Public,and Performance in Ancient Greece. It brings together the perspectives of both American and Italian scholars influenced by the work of Bruno Gentili. Gentili's vision of archaic Greek poetry as context-bound and performed before a public has created the horizon within which these essays take their orientation. Each and every one of these contributions calls our attention to the public and performed character and contexts of the variety of poems and speech acts discussed.
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Within the context of ancient Greek poetry as linked to the realities of social and political life, nine contributors to a 1994 conference of the American Academy in Rome reconstruct the performance context of a wide array of Greek poetry, including the epic, tragedy, lyric elegy, and proverb. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801855757
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.18(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.71(d)

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Diskin Clay
It is with real enthusiasm that I recommend Poet, Public, and Performance in Ancient Greece. It brings together the perspectives of both American and Italian scholars influenced by the work of Bruno Gentili. Gentili's vision of archaic Greek poetry as context-bound and performed before a public has created the horizon within which these essays take their orientation. Each and every one of these contributions calls our attention to the public and performed character and contexts of the variety of poems and speech acts discussed.

Meet the Author

Lowell Edmunds is a professor of classics at Rutgers University. His many books include Approaches to Greek Myth, available from Johns Hopkins. Robert W. Wallace is an associate professor of classics at Northwestern University. He is author of The Areopagos Council, to 307 b.c., also available from Johns Hopkins.

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