By Vanessa Cazzato, Dirk Obbink, Enrico Emanuele Prodi
The symposion is arguably the main major and well-documented context for the functionality, transmission, and feedback of archaic and classical Greek poetry, a contrast attested through its persisted carry at the poetic mind's eye even after its dying as a functionality context. The Cup of Song explores the symbiotic dating of the symposion and poetry all through Greek literary heritage, contemplating the previous either as a literal functionality context and as an imaginary area pregnant with social, political, and aesthetic implications.
This number of essays through a world team of best students illuminates many of the aspects of this courting, from Greek literature's earliest beginnings via to its afterlife in Roman poetry, starting from the close to jap origins of the Greek symposion within the 8th century to Horace's evocations of his archaic types and Lucian's figuring out remodeling of vintage texts. every one bankruptcy discusses one element of sympotic engagement through key authors around the significant genres of Greek poetry, together with archaic and classical lyric, tragedy and comedy, and Hellenistic epigram; discussions of literary assets are complemented through research of the visible facts of painted pottery. attention of those varied modes and genres from the unifying standpoint in their relation to the symposion results in a characterization of the complete spectrum of sympotic poetry from its very beginnings via to the Hellenistic age that keeps a watch either to its shared universal beneficial properties and to the specificity of person genres and texts.