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Kitharoidia was arguably the most popular, most geographically widespread, and longest-running performance genre in antiquity. From the archaic period to the late Roman imperial era, citharodes enjoyed star status, playing their songs to vast crowds at festival competitions and concerts throughout the Mediterranean world. "The Culture of Kitharoidia" is the first study dedicated exclusively to the art, practice, and charismatic persona of the citharode. Traversing a wide range of discourse and imagery about kitharoidia - poetic and prose texts, iconography, inscriptions - the book offers a nuanced account of the aesthetic and socio-cultural complexities of citharodic song and examines the iconic role of the song makers in the popular imagination, from mythical citharodes such as Orpheus to the controversial innovator Timotheus, to that most notorious of musical dilettantes, Nero.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674021389
ISBN-10: 067402138X
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 140mm x 33mm)
Pages: 230
Imprint: Harvard University, Center for Hellenic Studies
Publisher: Harvard University, Center for Hellenic Studies
Publish Date: 4-Mar-2011
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Timothy Power

Timothy Power is an Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Washington in Seattle.

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