The Cup of Song: Studies on Poetry and the Symposion by Vanessa CazzatoThe Cup of Song: Studies on Poetry and the Symposion by Vanessa Cazzato

The Cup of Song: Studies on Poetry and the Symposion

EditorVanessa Cazzato, Dirk Obbink, Enrico Emanuele Prodi

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The symposion is arguably the most significant and well-documented context for the performance, transmission, and criticism of archaic and classical Greek poetry, a distinction attested by its continued hold on the poetic imagination even after its demise as a performance context. The Cup ofSong explores the symbiotic relationship of the symposion and poetry throughout Greek literary history, considering the former both as a literal performance context and as an imaginary space pregnant with social, political, and aesthetic implications. This collection of essays by an international group of leading scholars illuminates the various facets of this relationship, from Greek literature's earliest beginnings through to its afterlife in Roman poetry, ranging from the Near Eastern origins of the Greek symposion in the eighth century toHorace's evocations of his archaic models and Lucian's knowing reworking of classic texts. Each chapter discusses one aspect of sympotic engagement by key authors across the major genres of Greek poetry, including archaic and classical lyric, tragedy and comedy, and Hellenistic epigram; discussionsof literary sources are complemented by analysis of the visual evidence of painted pottery. Consideration of these diverse modes and genres from the unifying perspective of their relation to the symposion leads to a characterization of the full spectrum of sympotic poetry from its very beginningsthrough to the Hellenistic age that retains an eye both to its shared common features and to the specificity of individual genres and texts.

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Vanessa Cazzato read for her doctorate in Classics at Somerville College, Oxford, and is currently a post-doctoral researcher at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Dirk Obbink is Associate Professor of Papyrology and Greek Literature at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow and Student of Christ Church. Enrico Emanuele Prod...
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Title:The Cup of Song: Studies on Poetry and the SymposionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pagesPublished:October 29, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Vanessa Cazzato and Enrico Emanuele Prodi: Introduction: Continuity in the Sympotic Tradition1. Oswyn Murray: The Symposion between East and West2. Ewen Bowie: Quo usque tandem...? How Long Were Sympotic Songs? Ewen Bowie3. Gauthier Liberman: Some Thoughts of the Symposiastic Catena, Aisakos, and Skolia4. Giovan Battista D'Alessio: Bacchylides at Banquet5. Lucia Athanassaki: The Symposion as Theme and Performance Context in Pindar's Epinicians6. Guy Hedreen: Smikros: Fictional Portrait of an Artist as a Symposiast by Euphronios7. Ralph M. Rosen: Symposia and the Formation of Poetic Genre in Aristophanes' Wasps8. Deborah T. Steiner: Parting Shots: Aeschylus, Agamemnon 1384 98 and Symposia in the Visual Repertoire9. Vanessa Cazzato: Symposia en plein air in Alcaeus and Others10. Renaud Gagne: The World in a Cup: Ekpomatics in and out of the Symposion11. Alexander Sens: Party or Perish: Death, Wine, and Closure in Hellenistic Sympotic Epigram12. Gregory O. Hutchinson: Hierarchy and Symposiastic Poetry, Greek and Latin