The Many-Headed Muse: Tradition and Innovation in Late Classical Greek Lyric Poetry

TitleThe Many-Headed Muse: Tradition and Innovation in Late Classical Greek Lyric Poetry
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsLeVen, P
Ancient AuthorsIsyllus Lyr. (TLG 0201), Philodamus Lyr. (TLG 0205), Timotheus Lyr. (TLG 0376), Philoxenus Lyr. (TLG 0379), Aristoteles et Corpus Aristotelicum Phil. (TLG 0086), Ariphron Lyr. (TLG 0378)
Number of Pages386 pp.
PublisherCambridge University Press

This is the first monograph entirely devoted to the corpus of late-classical Greek lyric poetry. Not only have the dithyrambs and kitharodic nomes of the New Musicians Timotheus and Philoxenus, the hymns of Aristotle and Ariphron, and the epigraphic paeans of Philodamus of Scarpheia and Isyllus of Epidaurus never been studied together, they have also remained hidden behind a series of critical prejudices – political, literary and aesthetic. Professor LeVen's book provides readings of these little-known poems and combines engagement with the style, narrative technique, poetics and reception of the texts with attention to the socio-cultural forces that shaped them. In examining the protean notions of tradition and innovation, the book contributes to the current re-evaluation of the landscape of Greek poetry and performance in the late classical period and bridges a gap in our understanding of Greek literary history between the early classical and the Hellenistic periods. []


Greek and Roman Musical Studies 2015 3: 170-172 Theodora A. Hadjimichael; BMCR 2015.07.06 Timothy J. Moore; AJPh 2015 136 (2): 357-361 Tom Phillips

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