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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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Public Performance of Iamboi

Public Performance of Iamboi

(p.253) 9 Public Performance of Iamboi
The Idea of Iambos

Andrea Rotstein (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter suggests that iamboi were a ‘performance framed by ritual’; that is to say, not directly playing a role in ritual, but not purely theatrical either. Accordingly, iamboi had a loose connection to their various performance contexts, with entertainment playing an important role. They could be performed and re-performed at festivals and competitions, as well as on private or semi-private occasions (such as symposia). This proposition is examined with particular attention to evidence for the performance of iamboi on occasions other than symposia, namely religious festivals and mousikoi agones.

Keywords:   iambos, iamboi, Archilochus, mousikoi agones, symposia, religious festivals

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