Greek Lyric Poetry and Its Influence: Texts, Iconography, Music and Cinema

This book deals with Greek lyric composed more than twenty-five centuries ago. These poems sing of everyday events and emotions in human life, from the most festive to the most serious, presenting a living portrait of the ancient Greeks. This multidisciplinary volume begins with a panorama of Greek lyric poetic genres, their main authors and their representative topics. The first part contains philological studies and literary analyses, first of some Greek poets—Anacreon, Sappho and Lycophron, among others—then of their influence on Horace’s Latin poetry, and on contemporary poetry. The second part, illustrated with colour images, studies Greek lyric from socio-political and iconographic perspectives, analysing its coincidences and reflections in images from Greek pottery, sculptures and reliefs. In addition, this section includes two works on musical theory and composition related to ancient Greek lyric. The volume closes with two studies of the image of Sappho in cinema.


Alejandro Cantarero de Salazar holds a PhD in Spanish Literature from the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. He is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Juan de la Cierva Programme at Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain. His main research areas are Spanish 15th and 16th century literature and the influence of Classical texts on modern literatures.

Alicia Esteban Santos, PhD, is Profesora Titular Emerita in Greek Philology at the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. Her main lines of research are literary composition, Greek poetry, mythology, iconography and Classic tradition. She is the author of numerous academic publications, including a series of eight books, Iconografía de la Mitología Griega. She has also published books on the literary adaptation of mythological themes.

Leonardo de Arrizabalaga y Prado holds a PhD in History from Cambridge University and a PhD in Literature from Tsukuba University, Japan. He is the author of The Emperor Elagabalus, Fact or Fiction? (2010) and author and editor of Varian Studies (in three volumes, 2016-2017).

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ISBN: 1-5275-5986-6

ISBN13: 978-1-5275-5986-8

Release Date: 1st December 2020

Pages: 411

Price: £67.99