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A History of Alcman’s Early Reception

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Author(s): Vasiliki Kousoulini

Book Description

This book constructs a history of Alcman’s early reception from the Archaic times until the Hellenistic period, from the composition of his poetry until its first attested systematic edition, taking into consideration the existence of a tradition of partheneia and its implications. Can it be suggested that the emerging book culture killed the “song culture”? Was Alcman an archetypal prototype of an archaic genre (partheneia) and regarded as a historical figure? This book answers such questions, arguing that the tradition of partheneia was never powerful enough, especially outside Sparta, in order to completely absorb the poet.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-3166-6
ISBN-10: 1-5275-3166-X
Date of Publication: 01/06/2019
Pages / Size: 147 / A5
Price: £58.99


Vasiliki Kousoulini received a PhD in Classics from the Department of Philology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. After the completion of her doctorate, she has worked as an Adjunct Lecturer at the Open University of Cyprus. Her research interests include archaic Greek epic and lyric poetry, Greek tragedy, Hellenistic literature, gender studies, and reception studies.