Solon and Early Greek Poetry
The Politics of Exhortation
By (author) Elizabeth Irwin
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Solon and Early Greek Poetry by Elizabeth Irwin
Book DescriptionThe poetry of archaic Greece gives voice to the history and politics of the culture of that age. This 2005 book explores the types of history that have been, and can be, written from archaic Greek poetry, and the role this poetry had in articulating the social and political realities and ideologies of that period. In doing so, it pays particular attention to the stance of exhortation adopted in early Greek elegy, and to the political poetry of Solon. Part I of this study argues that the singing of elegiac paraenesis in the elite symposium reflects the attempt of symposiasts to assert a heroic identity for themselves within this wider polis community. Part II demonstrates how the elegy of Solon both confirms the existence of this elite practice, and subverts it; Part III looks beyond Solon's appropriations of poetic traditions to argue for another influence on Solon's political poetry, that of tyranny.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521851787
(216mm x 138mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 11-Aug-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Elizabeth Irwin
Reading Herodotus, Paperback (March 2011)
This 2007 text contains twelve specially commissioned essays on the historical and literary interpretation of Book 5 of Herodotus' Histories.
Solon and Early Greek Poetry, Paperback (December 2008)» View all books by Elizabeth Irwin
This 2005 book examines the history of archaic Greek through its poetry, particularly the work of Solon.
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Author Biography - Elizabeth Irwin
Elizabeth Irwin is Research Fellow at Girton College Cambridge. She is the author of articles on Greek literature and a contributor to The Hesiodic Catalogue of Women (editor Richard Hunter) (Cambridge University Press, 2005).
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