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Hexametrical Genres from Homer to Theocritus

Christopher Athanasious Faraone

Hexametrical Genres from Homer to Theocritus

Hexametrical Genres from Homer to Theocritus

Hexametrical Genres from Homer to Theocritus

 

The book discusses short, non-epic, and under-appreciated hexametrical genres, such as oracles, incantations, and laments, and gains new insight into their ritual performance, their early history, and how poets from Homer to Theocritus embedded or imitated these genres to enrich their own poems.


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Beschrijving Hexametrical Genres from Homer to Theocritus

In Hexametrical Genres from Homer to Theocritus, Christopher Faraone discusses a number of short hexametrical genres such as oracles, incantations and laments that do not easily fit the generic models provided by the extant poetry of Hesiod and Homer. In the process, he gives us new insight into their ritual performance, their early history, and how poets from Homer to Theocritus embedded or imitated these genres to enrich their own hexametrical poems—by
playing with and sometimes overturning the generic expectations of their audiences or readers.

Christopher Faraone combines literary and ritual studies to produce a rich and detailed picture of hexametrical genres performed publicly for gods, such as hymns or laments for Adonis, or other that were performed more privately, such as epithalamia, oracles, or incantations. This volume deals primarily with the recovery of lost or under-appreciated hexametrical genres, which are often left out of modern taxonomies of archaic hexametrical poetry, either because they survive only in fragments or
because the earliest evidence for them dates to the classical period.


ISBN
9780197552971
Pagina's
288
Verschenen
NUR
306
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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