By Benjamin Acosta-Hughes
Arion's Lyre examines how Hellenistic poetic tradition tailored, reinterpreted, and remodeled Archaic Greek lyric via a posh technique of textual, cultural, and artistic reception. the ways that the poetry of Sappho, Alcaeus, Ibycus, Anacreon, and Simonides was once preserved, edited, and browse by means of Hellenistic students and poets, the ebook indicates that Archaic poets usually glance very assorted within the new social, cultural, and political atmosphere of Hellenistic Alexandria. for instance, the Alexandrian Sappho evolves from the singer of Archaic Lesbos yet has unique institutions and contexts, from Ptolemaic politics and Macedonian queens to the recent phenomenon of the poetry publication and an Alexandrian scholarship purpose on maintenance and codification.
A research of Hellenistic poetic tradition and an interpretation of a few of the Archaic poets it so lovingly preserved, Arion's Lyre is usually an exam of the way one poetic tradition reads another--and how smooth readings of historic poetry are filtered and formed by means of previous readings.
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