By Benjamin Acosta-Hughes
Arion's Lyre examines how Hellenistic poetic tradition tailored, reinterpreted, and reworked Archaic Greek lyric via a posh means of textual, cultural, and inventive reception. taking a look at the ways that the poetry of Sappho, Alcaeus, Ibycus, Anacreon, and Simonides used to be preserved, edited, and browse through Hellenistic students and poets, the booklet indicates that Archaic poets usually glance very various 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 special institutions and contexts, from Ptolemaic politics and Macedonian queens to the recent phenomenon of the poetry booklet and an Alexandrian scholarship reason on protection 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 glossy readings of old poetry are filtered and formed by way of prior readings.
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