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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)

Paperback Published: 28th December 2001
ISBN: 9780742508170
Number Of Pages: 263

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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.

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Iambic Ideas is a must read for anyone interested in Greek and Roman poetry. These twelve thought-provoking essays are constructed to move beyond formal generic classifications and to focus on the broader continuities, interactions, and significance of the iambic impulse from the archaic to late antique. The temporal span of these essays enables the readers to gain access to material that might otherwise be unfamiliar and allows for a far richer understanding of poetic processes in play.--Susan Stephens, Stanford University

Foreword
Preface
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