Dithyramb in Context by Barbara KowalzigDithyramb in Context by Barbara Kowalzig

Dithyramb in Context

EditorBarbara Kowalzig, Peter Wilson

Hardcover | July 6, 2013

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The dithyramb, a choral song associated mostly with the god Dionysos, is the longest-surviving form of collective performance in Greek culture, lasting in its shifting shapes from the seventh century BC into late antiquity. Yet it has always stood in the shadow of its more glamorous relations- tragedy, comedy, and the satyr-play. This volume, with contributions from international experts in the field, is the first to look at dithyramb in its entirety, understanding it as an important social and cultural phenomenon of Greek antiquity. Dithyramb in Context explores the idea that the dithyramb is much more than a complex poetic form: the history of the dithyramb is a history of changing performance cultures which form part of a continuous social process. How the dithyramb functions as a marker, as well as a carrier, of socialchange throughout Greek antiquity is expressed in themes as various as performance and ritual, poetics and intertextuality, music and dance, and history and politics. Drawing together literary critics, historians of religion, archaeologists, epigraphers, and historians, this volume applies a widehistorical and geographical framework, scrutinizing the poetry and, for the first time, giving due weight to the evidence of epigraphy and the visual arts.
Barbara Kowalzig is Associate Professor of Classics and History at New York University, and an Associate of the Centre Louis Gernet in Paris. Her research focuses on religion, music and performance, and cultural and economic anthropology in ancient Greece and the Mediterranean. She is the author of Singing for the Gods: Performances of...
Title:Dithyramb in ContextFormat:HardcoverDimensions:608 pagesPublished:July 6, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsTable of contentsList of contributorsList of illustrationsConventions and Abbreviations1. Barbara Kowalzig and Peter Wilson: Introduction: The World of DithyrambI Social and Religious Contexts2. Barbara Kowalzig: Dancing Dolphins: Dithyramb and Society in the Archaic Period3. Salvatore Lavecchia: Becoming like Dionysos: Dithyramb and Dionysian Initiation4. Lucia Prauscello: Demeter and Dionysos in the Sixth-Century Argolid: Lasos of Hermione, the Cult of Demeter Chthonia and the Origins of Dithyramb5. Luigi Battezzato: Dithyramb and Greek TragedyII Defining an Elusive Performance Form6. Giovan Battista D Alessio: The Name of the Dithyramb: Diachronic and Diatopic Variations7. David Fearn: Athens and the Empire: The Contextual Flexibility of Dithyramb, and its Imperialist Ramifications8. Paola Ceccarelli: Cyclic Choroi and the Dithyramb in the Classical and Hellenistic period: a Problem of Definition9. Guy Hedreen: The Semantics of Processional Dithyramb: Pindar s Second Dithyramb and Archaic Athenian Vase-Painting10. Armand D Angour: Music and Movement in the DithyrambIII New Music11. John Curtis Franklin: Songbenders of circular choruses : Dithyramb and the Demise of Music12. Timothy Power: Kyklops Kitharoidos: Dithyramb and Nomos in Play13. Mark Griffith: Satyr-play, dithyramb and the Geopolitics of Dionysian Style in Fifth-Century Athens14. Alexander Heinemann: Performance and the Drinking Vessel: Looking for an Imagery of Dithyramb in the Time of the New MusicIV Towards a Poetics of Dithyramb15. Andrew Ford: The Poetics of Dithyramb16. Claude Calame: The Dithyramb, a Dionysiac Poetic Form: Genre Rules and Cultic Contexts17. Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi: Dithyramb in Greek Thought: The Problem of Choral Mimesis18. Giorgio Ierano: One for whom the tribes dispute: The Dithyrambic Poet and the City of AthensV Dithyramb in the Roman Empire19. Julia L. Shear: Choroi and tripods: The Politics of the Choregia in Roman Athens20. Ian Rutherford: Dithyrambos, Thriambos, Triumphus: Dionysiac Discourse at RomeBibliographyIndex of PassagesSubject Index