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Iambus and ElegyNew Approaches$
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Laura Swift and Chris Carey

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199689743

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689743.001.0001

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Mapping Iambos: Mining the Minor Talents

Mapping Iambos: Mining the Minor Talents

(p.122) 6 Mapping Iambos: Mining the Minor Talents
Iambus and Elegy

Chris Carey

Oxford University Press

The Alexandrian editors saw three serious talents in the remains of archaic iambos, Archilochos, Semonides, and Hipponax. But the genre was widely practised across the Greek world in the archaic and classical periods This chapter looks firstly at the Alexandrian canon of the iambists and sets this against Alexandrian editorial practice to determine how much survived and in what form and how far the Alexandrian editors extended their editorial practice (as distinct from their commentary writing) beyond the canonical works. It then surveys the iambographic corpus from two angles, thematic range and geographical dissemination, before looking briefly at the evidence for the persistence of the form over time and offering a possible explanation for the fact that iambus outlasts lyric as a living poetic form.

Keywords:   iambus, Archilochus, Hipponax, Semonides, Ananius, Hermippus, canon, Alexandrian editions

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