Solon and Early Greek Poetry: The Politics of Exhortation by Elizabeth IrwinSolon and Early Greek Poetry: The Politics of Exhortation by Elizabeth Irwin

Solon and Early Greek Poetry: The Politics of Exhortation

byElizabeth Irwin

Paperback | December 4, 2008

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Examining the interaction between poetics and politics in ancient Greece's archaic period, in relationship to the work of Solon, this volume argues that, in general, the political expressions of martial exhortation elegy were aristocratic in nature and that the symposiasts attempted to assert a heroic identity on the wider polis community. The study demonstrates how Solon's poetry subverts this practice, using the poetic traditions of epic and Hesiod to further different political aims. It concludes by looking beyond the confines of Solon's poetic appropriations to argue for other influences on his poetry, in particular that of tyranny.
Title:Solon and Early Greek Poetry: The Politics of ExhortationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.83 inPublished:December 4, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521101492

ISBN - 13:9780521101493


Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. The Politics of Exhortation: Introduction; 1. Understanding the political in martial exhortation; 2. Synthesising content and context; 3. Contextualising the city: archaic verse inscriptions and the 'rise' of the polis; Part II. Political Poetics: Solon's Eunomia: Introduction; 4. Solon 4 and martial poetry; 5. Solon's Odyssey; 6. Solon 4 and Hesiod; Part III. Poetry and Political Culture: Introduction; 7. Solon and the language of the tyrant; 8. Rewriting (some) history: Solon and Peisistratus; Conclusion.

Editorial Reviews

"To reveal all the many virtues of this splendid book would require a multi-page review. It must suffice to say that not only is I.'s book important for understanding some of Solon's poetry and the political and ocial conditions in Athens during his lifetime, but also for much earlier poetry, especially Homer (with particular emphasis on the Odyssey), Hesiod and Tyrtaeus. The bibliography is extensive (22 pages!) and the index is thorough." Douglas E. Gerber, University of Western Ontario, The Classical Review