Thalia Delighting in Song: Essays on Ancient Greek Poetry by Emmet I. Robbins, Bonnie MacLachlan

Thalia Delighting in Song: Essays on Ancient Greek Poetry by Emmet I. Robbins, Bonnie MacLachlan

By Emmet I. Robbins, Bonnie MacLachlan

Emmet I. Robbins earned a world acceptance as a student of old Greek poetry, owning a vast cultural history and a command of many languages that allowed him to

present delicate and proficient readings of poets from Homer to the tragedians. Thalia Delighting in Song assembles for the 1st time his paintings from 1975 via 1999, reflecting his shut

reading of the Greek texts and his company take hold of in their literary, old and mythological contexts.

Among the essays incorporated during this quantity are very important reflections at the poetry of

Homer, Alcman, Sappho, Pindar and Aeschylus. additionally featured are Robbins' writings that situate Greek texts of their wider contexts, evaluating Greek poetry and glossy opera, for instance, or

assessing the iconic effect of fable within the Indo-European traditions, accounting for hyperlinks among Greek literature and the poetry, sagas and songs of numerous different cultures. Thalia

Delighting in Song guarantees that the subsequent iteration of Classicists will proceed to profit from the insights of 1 of the main students within the field.

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Thalia Delighting in Song: Essays on Ancient Greek Poetry

Emmet I. Robbins earned a world acceptance as a pupil of old Greek poetry, owning a extensive cultural heritage and a command of many languages that allowed him to give delicate and educated readings of poets from Homer to the tragedians. Thalia Delighting in track assembles for the 1st time his paintings from 1975 via 1999, reflecting his shut analyzing of the Greek texts and his company take hold of in their literary, historic and mythological contexts.

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The speaker of the lines, who is addressing Tiresias at the outset and who turns at 218 to her sons, is not named. 54 It is, again, uncertain whether Oedipus is dead, or alive in the palace and disinherited as the Queen speaks. Remarkable about the fragment is the way it, like the Oresteia, anticipates tragedy. Tiresias is, for the first time, present as adviser to the House of Labdacus, and seems to have just revealed the will of Apollo (209), who here, as in the Oresteia, is closely concerned with the fortunes of a tragic family: the alternatives expressed by the Queen at 216–17, who sees a disjunction between her family or the city surviving, recalls Aeschylus Septem 745–9, where Laius was faced with a similar dilemma.

Public poetry: stesichorus 11 in the newly discovered fragments suggests that the individual parts were taken by members of the choir and in this case we would have an important fore-runner of tragedy. Stesichorus was universally credited in antiquity with having invented triadic structure;33 this, Burkert believes, is the strongest argument in favour of choral composition. But it is questionable whether triadic structure implies a particular type of performance; it seems rather to be a principle of composition.

The myth is entirely lost, as is the second column of 23 lines, but we are fortunate to have the beginning, with its invocation of the Muse. There are many elements familiar from the Louvre Partheneion. The choir seems to be performing in the early morning (7); it is carrying an offering, in this case a garland (65), though no divinity is mentioned, (8) means ‘contest’ and it may be engaged in a competition, if and not simply ‘meeting-place,’ as it well may (cf. Pindar, Pyth. 30). Further, the maidens pay lavish compliment to the beauty of their leader Astymeloisa and play upon the etymology of her name (74).

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