Lyric in the Hellenistic period and beyond

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The contribution analyses the reception of the ancient Greek lyric poetry in the Hellenistic period and under the Roman empire, the definition of the genre “lyric poetry” (with special focus of the editorial and critical work of the Alexandrian scholars), its changes and revolutions over the centuries, its role in the school teaching and in the theatrical performances, in the religious cult and on the political scene. Summary of the chapter: I. From performance to edition: - On the shelves of the Alexandrian Library. - Classified: Callimachus’ Pinakes and the mystery of the genres. - The (lost?) Sound of Music: Aristophanes and the colometry of lyric texts. - Canons of excellence: Aristarchus. II. At play with tradition: - Kreuzung der Gattungen and polyeideia. - Epainos and psogos: Callimachus’ new elegy and iambos. - "L’arme e gli amori": Hellenistic elegy on love and war. - Kammertheater: contexts of performance for learned poetry. III. Teaching the lyric of the past. IV. The sanctuary and the stage: lyric poetry production in Hellenistic culture: - The professionals. - Musical gifts to heavenly and earthly gods. V. BIBLIOGRAPHICAL APPENDIX.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCambridge Companion to Greek Lyric
EditorsFelix Buldelmann
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Publication series

NameCambridge Companions to Literature


  • Alexandrian scholarship
  • Greek
  • Greek Lyric
  • Hellenistic
  • Roman
  • poetry
  • reception


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