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    DescriptionThe discovery of the Mnesiepes inscription on Paros revealed the third century be belief that the young Archilochos was transformed into a poet by an encounter with the Muses. It also revealed that the poet had become the object of a cult by his fellow islanders as he was transformed in death to a local hero. This is the first attempt to trace the history of this cult from the late sixth century be to the third century ad. The author also integrates the iconography of the poet into the history of this cult, and addresses for the first time the larger phenomenon of the cult of poets in the Greek states. This study provides appendices giving sources of information for these cults, including the text of the Mnesiepes inscription. It is illustrated by in-text figures and plates.

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    Archilochos Heros
    The Cult of Poets in the Greek Polis
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Diskin Clay
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 350
    Width: 213 mm
    Height: 250 mm
    Thickness: 17 mm
    Weight: 672 g
    ISBN 13: 9780674014558
    ISBN 10: 0674014553

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25540
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010, LIT004190
    DC22: 884/.01, 884.01
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAG
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: PA3873.A77 C57 2004
    LC subject heading: , , , , , , , ,
    LC classification: PA3873.A77
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC region code:
    Thema V1.0: NHD, NHC
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    30 April 2005
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass
    Review quote
    "Archilochus Heros" is the first systematic treatment of the cult of poets since Cuperus' "De apotheosi Homeri" (Amsterdam 1683)...The variety of disciplines that Clay brings to bear--religion, literary criticism, epigraphy, archeology, numismatics, art history--ensures points of interest for a wide and varied audience...The vast amount of evidence that Clay adduces...succeeds in showing how widespread the phenomenon of poet cults was in ancient Greek cities. This book gives us additional reason to be wary of the strict opposition between sacrifices performed for dead heroes ("enagizein") and those performed for gods ("thuein"). The ease with which Clay navigates through various disciplines is extraordinary. No contemporary scholar, so far as I know, can boast of Clay's versatility.--Jake MacPhail"Bryn Mawr Classical Review" (09/15/2005)