The Cup of Song

The Cup of Song : Studies on Poetry and the Symposion

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The symposion is arguably the most significant and well-documented context for the performance, transmission, and criticism of archaic and classical Greek poetry, a distinction attested by its continued hold on the poetic imagination even after its demise as a performance setting. The Cup of Song explores the symbiotic relationship of poetry and the symposion throughout Greek literary history, considering the latter both as a literal performance context and as an imaginary space pregnant with social, political, and aesthetic implications. This collection of essays by an international group of leading scholars illuminates the various facets of this relationship, from Greek literature's earliest beginnings through to its afterlife in Roman poetry, ranging from the Near Eastern origins of the Greek symposion in the eighth century to Horace's evocations of his archaic models and Lucian's knowing reworking of classic texts. Each chapter discusses one aspect of sympotic engagement by key authors across the major genres of Greek poetry, including archaic and classical lyric, tragedy and comedy, and Hellenistic epigram; discussions of literary sources are complemented by analysis of the visual evidence of painted pottery. Consideration of these diverse modes and genres from the unifying perspective of their relation to the symposion leads to a characterization of the full spectrum of sympotic poetry that retains an eye to both its shared common features and the specificity of individual genres and more

Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 159 x 241 x 26mm | 692g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0199687684
  • 9780199687688

About Vanessa Cazzato

Vanessa Cazzato read for her doctorate in Classics at Somerville College, Oxford, and is currently a post-doctoral researcher at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Dirk Obbink is Associate Professor of Papyrology and Greek Literature at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow and Student of Christ Church. Enrico Emanuele Prodi read for his doctorate in Classics at Merton College, Oxford, and is a Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church. He is now working on the project ASAGIP: Ancient scholarship on archaic Greek iambic poetry, at Ca' Foscari University of more