Iambi in Sparta

TitleIambi in Sparta
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsNobili, C
Ancient AuthorsAlcman Lyr. (TLG 0291)
JournalGreek and Roman Musical Studies

Several sources attest that at the Spartan festival of the Gymnopaidia three choruses sang a song in iambic trimeters with skoptic content; Alcman also composed some iambic poems to be performed in the symposium. This demonstrates that iambic poetry was not unknown in Sparta, as is normally believed, and may be connected to the more general dynamics of praise and blame, which were very important in Sparta, especially in local symposia. [http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/22129758-12341266]


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