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Greek Poetry: Elegiac and Lyric

Ian Rutherford

in Classics

ISBN: 9780195389661
Published online December 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195389661-0048
Greek Poetry: Elegiac and Lyric

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Although the best-known genres are epic and drama, most Greek poetry took the form of shorter works performed by soloists or choruses in any of a variety of meters. Since performance was usually accompanied by music, the term “songs” is often more appropriate than “poems”: ancient Greece of the Archaic period was a “song culture.” These shorter forms are conventionally divided into lyric, elegy, and iambos by modern scholars. This entry deals only with elegy and lyric.

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Subjects: Classical Studies ; Classical Art and Architecture ; Classical History ; Classical Literature ; Classical Philosophy

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