By Lorna Hardwick, Christopher Stray

ISBN-10: 1405151676

ISBN-13: 9781405151672

Studying the great quantity of how within which the humanities, tradition, and regarded Greece and Rome were transmitted, interpreted, tailored and used, A better half to Classical Receptions explores the impression of this phenomenon on either old and later societies.

  • Provides a complete advent and evaluate of classical reception - the translation of classical artwork, tradition, and suggestion in later centuries, and the quickest becoming sector in classics
  • Brings jointly 34 essays by means of a global staff of participants fascinated about historical and glossy reception innovations and practices
  • Combines shut readings of key receptions with wider contextualization and discussion
  • Explores the effect of Greek and Roman tradition all over the world, together with an important new components in Arabic literature, South African drama, the background of images, and modern ethics

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What is preserved fully, however, is the Anacreontea, a collection of mostly anonymous poems inspired by Anacreon, written between the first century bce and the ninth century CE (text and translation of both Anacreon and the Anacreontea in Campbell 1988, discussion in Rosenmeyer 1992). qxd 13/09/2007 09:03 AM Page 15 Reception and Tradition 15 himself, and spawned a rich reception history in most European languages, especially in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Our example will be a poem of unknown date by Abraham Cowley (1618–1667), published among his 1656 Miscellanies as one of eight ‘Anacreontiques: or, Some Copies of Verses Translated Paraphrastically out of Anacreon’.

In the case of Homer, more even than in that of other classical authors, textual criticism is inextricably bound with reception history (Battezzato 2003 is a rare and successful example of how textual criticism and reception studies can be combined). The modern editor of Homer often has to adjudicate between the views of different interpretations and versions of Homer, rather than simply having to restore a corrupted text. More fundamentally still, the editor must choose between different goals: s/he can try to reconstruct the text available to the Alexandrians (a task which van Thiel, 1991 and 1996, admirably succeeds in accomplishing) or attempt to produce a viable seventh-century text (this is the overall intent of West, though he makes considerable concessions to the transmitted text; cf.

Comparable models for thinking about other poetry are rare, even though the Anacreontic tradition like many other literary traditions is repetitive in its own way: repeated metrical patterns, repeated themes, repeated jokes, etc. The recent rise in the use of cognitive science in literary studies is promising here, and may eventually help analyze the traditional aspects of Anacreontic poems like Cowley’s. There is almost certainly something hardwired in the appeal of particular simple forms and particular themes like drink and desire.

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