Plato's Rhapsody and Homer's Music: The Poetics of the Panathenaic Festival in Classical AthensHardback Center for Hellenic Studies: Colloquia S.
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- Publisher: HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Format: Hardback | 150 pages
- Dimensions: 154mm x 196mm x 10mm | 213g
- Publication date: 30 December 2002
- Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass
- ISBN 10: 0674009630
- ISBN 13: 9780674009639
- Edition statement: New.
- Sales rank: 638,828
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 becomed
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