Simonides Lyricus: Essays on the 'other' classical choral lyric poet [Hardback]

Peter Agócs (Editor); Lucia Prauscello (Editor)

ISBN: 9780956838179 | Published by: Cambridge Philological Society | Series: Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society Supplementary Volume | Volume: 42 | Year of Publication: 2020 | Language: English/Greek, Modern (1453-) 290p, H210 x W148 (mm) 2 b&w

Simonides Lyricus


Simonides of Keos was one of the most important praise-poets of the early fifth century BCE, ranking alongside Pindar and Bacchylides. In Simonides Lyricus, a group of leading international experts revisit familiar questions about his lyric poetry, and pose new ones. Themes discussed include textual criticism and attribution of fragments; poetic genre and the place of the poet’s melic fragments in his larger oeuvre; the historical, cultural and political background of the poems; and Simonides’ afterlife in the biographical and anecdotal traditions that formed around his name. The volume makes a substantial contribution to modern discussions of Simonides’ place in Greek literary and cultural history and to the understanding of this poet’s often fragmentary and difficult texts.

Table of Contents

1. More Simonides among the fragmenta lyrica adespota? A survey of the fragments and a case-study (P. Strass. inv. 1406–1409) – Giuseppe Ucciardello.   
2. Dancing with the dogs: mimetic dance and the hyporcheme (on Pind. fr. *107 M = Simonides 255 Poltera) – Giovan Battista d’Alessio.   
3. Simonides: a kind of Janus? Biographical tradition and poetical reality – Orlando Poltera.   
4. Simonides lyricus elegiacus epigrammaticus – David Sider.   
5. Maestius lacrimis Simonideis: the thrēnoi of Simonides – Chris Carey.   
6. Simonides, Anius and Athens: PMG 537 = 301 Poltera (Kateukhai)  - Ian Rutherford.   
7. Kings and generals: Simonides and the diplomacy of victory – Kathryn Morgan.   
8. Sophos kai theios: Simonides’ poetic wisdom – Andrew Ford.   
9. Clever about verses? Plato and the ‘Scopas ode’ (PMG 542 = 260 Poltera) – Richard Hunter.   
10. Simonides in Athens. Memories of choral agonistic excellence in Plato’s Protagoras, Xenophon’s Hieron and the ‘Simonidean’ epigrams XXVII and XXVIII FGE – Lucia Athanassaki.

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