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The Idea of Iambos$
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Andrea Rotstein

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199286270

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199286270.001.0001

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Invective as the Dominant Feature of Iambos

Invective as the Dominant Feature of Iambos

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The Idea of Iambos

Andrea Rotstein (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The perception of Archilochus played a major role in the process of selection and reduction of the elements relevant for the categorization of iambos. Before the notion of iambos was restricted to the dominant feature of abuse, it was the prototype of the genre, Archilochus, who was taken to be predominantly abusive, at the expense of the thematic and functional variety of his poetry. This chapter examines the stage at which the perception of iambos as mainly abusive crystallized.

Keywords:   Archilochus, iambos, obscenity, Parapsogos, invective

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