Archaic and classical choral song: performance, politics and dissemination

TitleArchaic and classical choral song: performance, politics and dissemination
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2011
EditorAthanassaki, L, Bowie, E
Ancient AuthorsAristophanes Comic. (TLG 0019), Sophocles Trag. (TLG 0011), Alcman Lyr. (TLG 0291), Pindarus Lyr. (TLG 0033), Bacchylides Lyr. (TLG 0199), Aeschylus Trag. (TLG 0085)
Series TitleTrends in Classics, Supplementary Volumes 10
Number of Pagesviii + 562 pp. ill.
PublisherDe Gruyter
ISBN9783110254013 (print); 9783110254020 (ebook)

This book addresses the many interlocking problems in understanding the modes of performance, dissemination, and transmission of Greek poetry of the seventh to the fifth centuries BC whose first performers were a choral group, sometimes singing in a ritual context, sometimes in more secular celebrations of victories in competitive games. It explores the different ways such a group presented itself and was perceived by its audiences; the place of tyrants, of other prominent individuals and of communities in commissioning and funding choral performances and in securing the further circulation of the songs' texts and music; the social and political role of choral songs and the extent to which such songs continued to be performed both inside and outside the immediate family and polis-community, whether chorally or in archaic Greece's important cultural engine, the elite male symposium, with the consequence that Athenian theatre audiences could be expected to appreciate allusion to or reworking of such poetic forms in tragedy and comedy; and how various types of performance contributed to transmission of written texts of the poems until they were collected and edited by Alexandrian scholars in the third and second centuries BC. []


BMCR 2012.04.06 Douglas E. Gerber

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