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 by way of its persisted carry at the poetic mind's eye even after its dying as a functionality context. The Cup of Song explores the symbiotic courting of the symposion and poetry all through Greek literary background, contemplating the previous either as a literal functionality context and as an imaginary house pregnant with social, political, and aesthetic implications.
This selection of essays by means of a world crew of top students illuminates some of the features of this courting, from Greek literature's earliest beginnings via to its afterlife in Roman poetry, starting from the close to japanese origins of the Greek symposion within the 8th century to Horace's evocations of his archaic types and Lucian's realizing remodeling of vintage texts. every one bankruptcy discusses one element of sympotic engagement by means of key authors around the significant genres of Greek poetry, together with archaic and classical lyric, tragedy and comedy, and Hellenistic epigram; discussions of literary resources are complemented by way of research of the visible facts of painted pottery. attention of those different modes and genres from the unifying point of view in their relation to the symposion results in a characterization of the whole 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.