Plato's Rhapsody and Homer's Music

Plato's Rhapsody and Homer's Music : The Poetics of the Panathenaic Festival in Classical Athens

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The festival of the Panathenaia, held in Athens every summer to celebrate the birthday of the city's goddess, Athena, was the setting for performances of the Homeric "Iliad" and "Odyssey" by professional reciters or "rhapsodes". The works of Plato are our main surviving source of information about these performances. Through his references, a crucial phase in the history of the Homeric tradition can be reconstructed. Through Plato's eyes, the "staging" of Homer in classical Athens can once again becomedshow more

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  • Hardback | 150 pages
  • 153.9 x 196.1 x 9.9mm | 213.19g
  • Cambridge, Mass, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0674009630
  • 9780674009639
  • 1,003,932