Aglaia: The Poetry of Alcman, Sappho, Pindar, Bacchylides, and Corinna

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 338 pages
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"In this landmark collection of essays, renowned classicist Charles Segal offers detailed analyses of major texts from archaic and early classical Greek poetry - in particular, works of Alcman, Mimnermus, Sappho, Pindar, Bacchylides, and Corinna. Segal provides close readings of the texts, and then studies the literary form and language of early Greek lyric, the poets' conception of their aims and their art, the use of mythical paradigms, and the relation of the poems to their social context. A recurrent theme is the recognition of the fragility and brevity of mortal happiness and the consciousness of how the immortality conferred by poetry resists the ever-threatening presence of death and oblivion, fixing in permanent form the passing moments of joy and beauty. This is an essential book for students and scholars of ancient Greek poetry."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
  

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Contents

Poetry Performance and Society in Early Greek Literature
9
Sirius and the Pleiades in Alcmans Louvre Partheneion
25
Eros and Incantation Sappho and Oral Poetry
43
Beauty Desire and Absence Helen in Sappho Alcaeus and Ibycus
63
The Gorgon and the Nightingale The Voice of Female Lament and Pindars Twelfth Pythian Ode
85
Naming Truth and Creation in the Poetics of Pindar
105
Messages to the Underworld An Aspect of Poetic Immortalization in Pindar
133
Pindar Mimnermus and the Zeusgiven Gleam The End of Pythian 8
149
Pindars Seventh Nemean
185
Myth Cult and Memory in Pindars Third and Fourth Isthmian Odes
229
Bacchylides Reconsidered Epithets and the Dynamics of Lyric Narrative
251
Croesus on the Pyre Herodotus and Bacchylides
281
The Myth of Bacchylides 17 Heroic Quest and Heroic Identity
295
Pebbles in Golden Urns The Date and Style of Corinna
315
Index Locorum
327
General Index
331

Time and the Hero The Myth of Nemean 1
155
Arrest and Movement Pindars Fifth Nemean
167
About the Author
339
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Page ix - Gregory Nagy, General Editor Building on the foundations of scholarship within the disciplines of philology, philosophy, history, and archaeology, this series spans the continuum of Greek traditions extending from the second millennium BC to the present, not just the Archaic and Classical periods.
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Charles Segal is Walter C. Klein Professor of the Classics at Harvard University. He is the author of many books, including Lucretius on Death and Anxiety (Princeton), Singers, Heroes, and Gods in the Odyssey (Cornell), and Sophocles' Tragic World: Divinity, Nature, Society (Harvard).

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