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New PDF release: Bacchylides: Politics, Performance, Poetic Tradition

By David Fearn

Bacchylides: Politics, functionality, Poetic Tradition combines shut literary research of Bacchylides' poetry with special dialogue of the imperative position poetry performed in quite a few differing political contexts all through Greece within the early 5th century BC. In Bacchylides' compliment poetry, David Fearn argues, the poet manipulates a variety of past Greek literature not just to raise the prestige of his filthy rich buyers, but additionally to impress considered the character of political energy and aristocratic society. New gentle is additionally shed on Bacchylides' Dithyrambs, via distinctive dialogue of the proof for the kuklios khoros ('circular chorus') and its relation to quite a few diversified non secular fairs, particularly inside of democratic Athens. The hyperlinks created among literary issues and cultural contexts reinvigorate those underappreciated poems and display their imperative significance for the self-definition of political communities.

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33 For a parallel for drink sending men’s thoughts aloft, see Ion of Khios fr. 4 PMG, ο νον αερσ νοον, quoted in close proximity to the Bacchylidean citation at Ath. 35d–e; cf. Maehler (2004) 248 ad loc. 10. Incidentally, it seems therefore more natural to read in ∆ιονυσ οισι δ ροι as the dominant neuter plural subject of π µπει in line 10, rather than to side with the interpretation of Kurke (1996) and to see Κ πριδ . . λπ alone as the sole subject: the use of αµµειγνυµ να in line 9 marks this convergence, at the same time putting a Dionysiac, sympotic, spin on the involvement of the goddess of desire.

Already Grenfell and Hunt (1915) 66; Dikaiarkhos fr. 88 Wehrli). For criticism of van Groningen’s (1960b) improper distinction between enkomia as exclusively choral and skolia as exclusively monodic see Cingano (1990) 223; Cingano (2003). 3 4 For detailed discussion of the date, see below, n. 94. Maehler II 327–33; Maehler (2004) 243–51. Bacchylides fr. 20B 29 even potentially critical of the nature of monarchy. I show how Bacchylides uses an overarching sympotic framework to explore problems pertaining to boundaries, definitions, illusion, and praise itself in relation to Alexander, at a time when political and cultural allegiance, and Greekness itself, is up for grabs, but is becoming a very serious issue in view of Persian threats from the East.

Of course, as we have established, we need not think in biographical terms about the Bacchylides of fragment 5 or the Pindar of Paean 7b as opposing statements of intent. Rather, Pindar and Bacchylides choose alternative strategies according to specific and differing circumstances. g. at Pind. Pyth. 60, Nem. 54, Nem. 20, and fr. ). Much the most interesting of the usages is Nem. 20, where the epinician persona is referring to the dangers of inventing ( ξευρ ντα) new epinician material because of the φθ νο it might provoke: A.

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