The Idea of Iambos

Hardcover | January 17, 2010

byAndrea Rotstein

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The Idea of Iambos is a long overdue study of the genre of Greek iambic poetry from the perspective provided by ancient testimonies. Andrea Rotstein places research on iambos in the framework of a new methodological approach to ancient genres based on the cognitive sciences, offering anunprecedented study of ancient theories of genres and the way they affected ancient scholarship. Rotstein also examines the possibility of musical performance of iambic poetry as well as the various occasions of public performance, particularly at musical contests and rhapsodic recitals. Finally,she argues that, from the Archaic to the Classical period, there was a shift from the notion of literary class depending primarily on rhythm and on its archetypical representative, Archilochus, towards iambos as a genre defined mainly by invective as its dominant feature.

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The Idea of Iambos is a long overdue study of the genre of Greek iambic poetry from the perspective provided by ancient testimonies. Andrea Rotstein places research on iambos in the framework of a new methodological approach to ancient genres based on the cognitive sciences, offering anunprecedented study of ancient theories of genres...

Andrea Rotstein is Visiting Senior Lecturer at the Department of Classics at Tel Aviv University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:January 17, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199286272

ISBN - 13:9780199286270

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Part 1. Greek Iambos (7th to 4th cent. BC): Genre and Corpus1. Approaching Genre2. The Corpus of Iambic PoetsPart 2. Ways of Seeing3. Iambos in Aristotle's Works4. Ancient Theories of IambosPart 3. Iambos and Iambeion: A Study of Terms in Context5. Iambos in Archilochus (fr. 215W)6. Iambe and Iambos7. Iambos and Iambeion in the Classical PeriodPart 4. The Performance of Iambos8. Musical Performance of Iamboi9. Public Performance of IamboiPart 5. Perceptions of Iambos10. Archilochus as Prototype of Invective Poetry11. Invective as Dominant Feature of IambosFinal Remarks