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Making MockeryThe Poetics of Ancient Satire$
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Ralph Rosen

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195309966

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309966.001.0001

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Satiric Authenticity in Callimachus's Iambi

Satiric Authenticity in Callimachus's Iambi

(p.172) 5 Satiric Authenticity in Callimachus's Iambi
Making Mockery

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The first of two chapters that focus on specific satirical poets act as test cases for the ideas put forward in this book. This chapter is a close examination of three programmatic Iambi of Callimachus, 1, 4, and 13, in the light of the book's developing arguments about satirical poetics. The more specific argument here is that Callimachus does not in fact regard his own iambic attempts as somehow a gentler, more civil variation of an earlier, more vituperative poetic form as is almost universally held. Rather, he sees his Iambi as an attempt to recover a generic authenticity that actually endorsed Hipponactean vituperation.

Keywords:   Hipponax, invective, vituperation, polyeideia

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