Wandering Poets in Ancient Greek Culture: Travel, Locality and Pan-Hellenism

Wandering Poets in Ancient Greek Culture: Travel, Locality and Pan-Hellenism

by Richard Hunter
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521898781

ISBN-13: 9780521898782

Pub. Date: 03/31/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book traces this central aspect of ancient culture from its roots in the Near Eastern societies which preceded the Greeks, through the way in which early semi-mythical figures such as Orpheus were imagined, the poets who travelled to the brilliant courts of archaic tyrants, and on into the fluid mobility of imperial and late antique culture. The emphasis is both…  See more details below

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This book traces this central aspect of ancient culture from its roots in the Near Eastern societies which preceded the Greeks, through the way in which early semi-mythical figures such as Orpheus were imagined, the poets who travelled to the brilliant courts of archaic tyrants, and on into the fluid mobility of imperial and late antique culture. The emphasis is both on why poets travelled, and on how local communities used the skills of these outsiders for their own purposes. Wandering poets are also set within the wider context of ancient networks of exchange, patronage and affiliation between communities and are seen as one particularly powerful manifestation of a feature of ancient life which is too often overlooked.

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ISBN-13:
9780521898782
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2009
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures

Notes on contributors

List of abbreviations

1 Introduction Richard Hunter Hunter, Richard Ian Rutherford Rutherford, Ian 1

2 Hittite and Greek perspectives on travelling poets, texts and festivals Mary R. Bachvarova Bachvarova, Mary R. 23

3 Thamyris the Thracian: the archetypal wandering poet? Peter Wilson Wilson, Peter 46

4 Read on arrival Richard P. Martin Martin, Richard P. 80

5 Wandering poets, archaic style Ewen Bowie Bowie, Ewen 105

6 Defining local identities in Greek lyric poetry Giovan Battista D'Alessio D'Alessio, Giovan Battista 137

7 Wandering poetry, 'travelling' music: Timotheus' muse and some case-studies of shifting cultural identities Lucia Prauscello Prauscello, Lucia 168

8 Epigrammatic contests, poeti vaganti and local history Andrej Petrovic Petrovic, Andrej 195

9 World travellers: the associations of Artists of Dionysus Sophia Aneziri Aneziri, Sophia 217

10 Aristodama and the Aetolians: an itinerant poetess and her agenda Ian Rutherford Rutherford, Ian 237

11 Travelling memories in the Hellenistic world Angelos Chaniotis Chaniotis, Angelos 249

Bibliography 270

Index 307

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