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Description - Solon and Early Greek Poetry by Elizabeth Irwin

The poetry of archaic Greece gives voice to the history and politics of the culture of that age. This book examines the interaction between poetics and politics in the archaic period, with particular attention being paid to the work of Solon. It explores the types of history that have been, and can be, written from archaic Greek elegy, and the role poetry had in articulating social realities and ideologies. The book argues that, in general, the political expressions of martial exhortation elegy were aristocratic in nature and that the symposiasts attempted to assert a heroic identity on the wider polis community. The remainder of the study demonstrates how Solon's poetry subverts this practice, using the poetic traditions of epic and Hesiod to further different political aims. It concludes by looking outside the confines of Solon's poetic appropriations to argue for other influences on his poetry, in particular that of tyranny.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521851787
ISBN-10: 0521851785
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 138mm x 24mm)
Pages: 366
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 11-Aug-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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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, forthcoming).

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