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Iambic Ideas : Essays on a Poetic Tradition from Archaic Greece to the Late Roman Empire - Alberto Cavarzere

Iambic Ideas

Essays on a Poetic Tradition from Archaic Greece to the Late Roman Empire

By: Alberto Cavarzere (Editor), Antonio Aloni (Editor), Alessandro Barchiesi (Editor)

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Iambic Ideas, explores the concept of the 'iambic' as a genre. In a set of detailed studies, the contributors examine, across time, the idea of iambic through a wide variety of cultural settings--Greek, Hellenistic, Roman, and late antiquity. What emerges most clearly is that the 'iambic idea' is impossible to define in absolute terms: rather, the form of iambic keeps varying in response to a vast variety of historical contingencies. The variation is evident in such critical terms as the 'iambic tendency' in Sappho, the 'reusing of iambi' for Roman epodes, and even the instances of 'iambic absence' in comedy and other such related forms. In the end, what is most characteristic about the 'iambic' is its own inherent variability.

With its judicious sampling of topics, each developed in impressive detail, Iambic Ideas itself rates as a perfectly brilliant idea. The book provides a much-needed sense of 'iambic' as a self-standing generic enterprise within the literatures of Greece and Rome, poetry that both writes and plays by its own rules. The book is thus a first of its kind, and fundamental to the study of verse invective in antiquity.--Kirk Freudenburg, Ohio State University

Early Greek Iambic Poetry: The Importance of Narrativep. 1
What Is That Man Doing in Sappho, fr. 31 V.?p. 29
Iambic Motifs in Alcaeus' Lyricsp. 41
Iambic Patterns in Aristophanic Comedyp. 65
Callimachus Iamb 4: From Performance to Writingp. 77
Iambic Presences in Ennius' Saturaep. 99
Catullian Iambics, Catullian Iambip. 117
Horace and Iambos: The Poet as Literary Historianp. 141
Some Generic Problems in Horace's Epodes: Or, On (Not) Being Archilochusp. 165
Epode 14: Horace's Carmen Inconditum?p. 187
Ego Polivi Versibus Senariis: Phaedrus and Iambic Poetryp. 205
Late Antique Iambics and Iambike Ideap. 219
Index Locorump. 257
About the Contributorsp. 261
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ISBN: 9780742508170
ISBN-10: 074250817X
Series: Greek Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches (Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 263
Published: 28th December 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.89 x 15.42  x 2.08
Weight (kg): 0.44