The Cup of Song: Studies on Poetry and the Symposion

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Vanessa Cazzato, Dirk Obbink, Enrico Emanuele Prodi
Oxford University Press, 2016 - Greek poetry - 326 pages
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 of Song 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 to Horace'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; discussions of 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 beginnings through 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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Contents

The Symposion between East and West
17
Quo usque tandem ? How Long Were Sympotic Songs?
28
Some Thoughts on the Symposiastic Catena Aisakos and Skolia
42
Bacchylides Banquet Songs
63
The Symposion as Theme and Performance Context in Pindars Epinicians
85
Smikros Fictional Portrait of an Artist as a Symposiast by Euphronios
113
Symposia and the Formation of Poetic Genre in Aristophanes Wasps
140
Parting Shots Aeschylus Agamemnon 138498 and Symposia in the Visual Repertoire
159
Symposia en plein air in Alcaeus and Others
184
The World in a Cup Ekpomatics in and out of the Symposion
207
Party or Perish Death Wine and Closure in Hellenistic Sympotic Epigram
230
Hierarchy and Symposiastic Poetry Greek and Latin
247
Bibliography
271
Subjects and Greek words
301
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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 Prodi read for his doctorate in Classics at Merton College, Oxford, and is a Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church. He is now working on the project ASAGIP: Ancient scholarship on archaic Greek iambic poetry, at Ca' Foscari University of Venice.

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