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Eroticism in Ancient and Medieval G : Duckworth Classical Essays - John Petropoulos

Eroticism in Ancient and Medieval G

Duckworth Classical Essays

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Ancient Greek poetry, even at its most sophisticated, presupposed a degree of familiarity with and assimilation of many more elementary types of song. The continuous if uneven interplay between high-flown literature, on the one hand, and sub-literary popular oral song types, on the other, cannot be underestimated in any account of ancient Greek poetry. In "Eroticism in Ancient and Medieval Greek Poetry", John Petropoulos discusses the features of ancient Greek poetry, particularly amatory poetry, that can be attributed to the influence of popular song and, conversely, looks at how 'higher' poetry affected 'lower' genres in antiquity and medieval times. He goes on to investigate the relation between certain types of modern Greek folk song and their medieval - even ancient - predecessors. Concentrating on four cases that illuminate the evolution of the imagery, motifs and formal traits of love songs, this wide-ranging interdisciplinary study will be of interest to classicists and non-classicists alike, and particularly those concerned with popular eroticism and the colourful history of love songs in the Greek world.

Prologue
Note on Abbreviations
Note on Transliteration
Acknowledgements
Problems, Sources and Strategiesp. 1
Nuptial Praisep. 10
An encomiastic address or exclamationp. 17
Similep. 17
Simile conveying pre-eminencep. 17
Metaphorp. 19
Allusive addressp. 19
Eikasiap. 19
Mythic exemplump. 20
Makarismosp. 21
Parallelismp. 22
Physical description and ecphrasisp. 23
Description and ecphrasis of moral qualitiesp. 24
Antiphonal question and answerp. 25
Refrainp. 28
Anaphorap. 29
Salutatiop. 29
Exclamationp. 31
Nature imageryp. 32
Fruits, flowers and plantsp. 32
The cypress motifp. 35
Natural objects or phenomenap. 36
Bird motifsp. 37
Gold and silver imageryp. 37
Mythic exemplump. 39
Makarismosp. 46
Nuptial Blamep. 49
The synchronic (anthropological) viewp. 49
The diachronic viewp. 51
The bumbling bridegroomp. 51
Negative ecphrasis and the motif of the randy hagp. 54
Conclusionsp. 58
Harvest Imagery and the Motif of the Applep. 61
Vegetal motifs in generalp. 61
A youth as a flower, fruit or plantp. 62
Witheringp. 63
Pluckingp. 64
The motif of the applep. 69
The Wings of Desire: Popular Amatory Wishesp. 74
Type A fantastic wishp. 74
Type B fantastic wishp. 81
Conclusionsp. 84
Epiloguep. 86
Testimoniap. 89
Addendap. 125
App. I: Nuptial praisep. 127
App. II: Nuptial praisep. 128
Sexual initiation in the modern weddingp. 129
Sappho fr. 104a (LP) and a modern nuptial lamentp. 130
Carmina 'Locrica'p. 131
Carm. conviv. 889 (PMG)p. 133
Carm. conviv. 904 (PMG)p. 134
Carm. conviv. 905 (PMG)p. 135
Ar. Ran. 621-2p. 136
Notesp. 137
Bibliographyp. 179
Indexp. 199
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ISBN: 9780715629857
ISBN-10: 0715629859
Series: Duckworth Classical Essays
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 31st October 2003
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.3  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 1