Greek Lyric: A Selection

TitleGreek Lyric: A Selection
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2018
EditorBudelmann, F
Ancient AuthorsStesichorus Lyr. (TLG 0292), Sappho Lyr. (TLG 0009), Ibycus Lyr. (TLG 0293), Simonides Lyr. (TLG 0261), Alcaeus Lyr. (TLG 0383), Anacreon Lyr. (TLG 0237), Alcman Lyr. (TLG 0291), Timotheus Lyr. (TLG 0376)
Series TitleCambridge Greek and Latin Classics
Number of Pages338 pp.
PublisherCambridge University Press

The corpus of Greek lyric holds a twofold attraction. It provides glimpses of the song culture of early Greece in which lyric performance had a central place, and it presents us with some captivating and memorable poetry which has been admired since antiquity. This edition gathers poems by seven of the nine canonical lyricists (Alcman, Alcaeus, Sappho, Stesichorus, Ibycus, Anacreon, Simonides), as well as a number of carmina popularia and carmina convivalia and passages from Timotheus' Persians. Both longer and shorter pieces are included. The introduction discusses major issues in the study of Greek lyric including genre, performance and transmission. The commentary is literary in emphasis but also treats questions of syntax, textual reconstruction, metre and dialect. The volume will be of interest to higher-level undergraduates and graduate students as well as to scholars. []


BMCR 2019.03.02 Anna Uhlig

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