Greek Lyric Poetry

Greek Lyric Poetry : A Commentary on Selected Larger Pieces (Alcman, Stesichorus, Sappho, Alcaeus, Ibycus, Anacreon, Simonides, Bacchylides, Pindar, Sophocles, Euripides)

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A comprehensive literary commentary on many of the central pieces of Greek lyric poetry, including works by Alcman, Stesichorus, Sappho, Alcaeus, Ibycus, Anacreon, Simonides, Bacchylides, Pindar, Sophocles, and Euripides. The pieces chosen are usually the longest and best-preserved; a single large poem each is taken from Bacchylides and Pindar; two odes from tragedy illustrate the adoption of lyric into drama. The volume includes the Greek texts and apparatus, which
incorporate fresh work on the papyri and numerous new suggestions. Introductions to each poet set the poetry in its historical and literary context. The book brings textual and literary criticism of the poets together, providing a close and sustained analysis of important poems across the genre, and
so enables the reader to see in detail the development and diversity of a remarkable body of poetry.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 550 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 29mm | 689g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0199265828
  • 9780199265824
  • 2,264,133

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Rarely does one find such high standards of textual and literary criticism combined. * Bryn Mawr Classical Review * A valuable contribution, not only to the understanding and appreciation of the poetry involved, but also of the poets themselves. * Bryn Mawr Classical Review * ... one of the most remarkable features of the book is its seamless interweaving of the 'textual and literary traditions of scholarship' ... In that one is not faced with a barrage of posturing, but a direct engagement with the texts, Hutchinson demonstrates that sophisticated reading can be conveyed with clarity and style. * The Journal of Classics Teaching * ... to specialists, scholars and teachers it offers readings both original and illuminating which will enrich anyone's enjoyment and understanding of these texts. * The Journal of Classics Teaching *
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About G. O. Hutchinson

G. O. Hutchinson is Professor of Greek and Latin Languages and Literature at the University of Oxford
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