Bacchylides: Politics, Performance, Poetic Tradition by David Fearn

Bacchylides: Politics, Performance, Poetic Tradition

byDavid Fearn

Hardcover | August 12, 2007

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Bacchylides: Politics, Performance, Poetic Tradition combines close literary analysis of Bacchylides' poetry with detailed discussion of the central role poetry played in a variety of differing political contexts throughout Greece in the early fifth century BC. In Bacchylides' praisepoetry, David Fearn argues, the poet manipulates a wide range of earlier Greek literature not only to elevate the status of his wealthy patrons, but also to provoke thought about the nature of political power and aristocratic society. New light is also shed on Bacchylides' Dithyrambs, throughdetailed discussion of the evidence for the kuklios khoros ('circular chorus') and its relation to a variety of different religious festivals, especially within democratic Athens. The links created between literary concerns and cultural contexts reinvigorate these underappreciated poems and revealtheir central importance for the self-definition of political communities.

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David Fearn is P. S. Allen Junior Research Fellow in Classics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford.
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Title:Bacchylides: Politics, Performance, Poetic TraditionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:440 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.1 inPublished:August 12, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Tradition and ContextualizationI. Praise1. The Politics of Fantasy: Bacchylides on Alexander of Macedon (fr. 20B)2. Homeric Fire, Aiginetan Glory, Panhellenic Reception: Bacchylides 13II. Bacchylides Dithyrambs and the Kuklios Khoros3. Bacchylides and the Kuklios Khoros: Performance, Genre, and Reception4. Contexts5. Bacchylides 15: Troy in AthensConclusion