By Benjamin Acosta-Hughes
Arion's Lyre examines how Hellenistic poetic tradition tailored, reinterpreted, and remodeled 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 skim by way of Hellenistic students and poets, the ebook indicates that Archaic poets usually glance very diverse within the new social, cultural, and political environment of Hellenistic Alexandria. for instance, the Alexandrian Sappho evolves from the singer of Archaic Lesbos yet has exact institutions and contexts, from Ptolemaic politics and Macedonian queens to the recent phenomenon of the poetry publication and an Alexandrian scholarship motive on maintenance and codification.
A learn of Hellenistic poetic tradition and an interpretation of a few of the Archaic poets it so lovingly preserved, Arion's Lyre can also be an exam of ways one poetic tradition reads another--and how smooth readings of historical poetry are filtered and formed through past readings.
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