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The Cambridge companion to Greek lyric /

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Budelmann, Felix.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009
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Online Access: Online version
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The treasury of extant lyric poetry from ancient Greece is as good a subject as any for yet another companion, and Budelmann (Univ. of Oxford, UK) meets a legitimate need for a modern survey of a vast topic. Unfortunately, this is a mixed bag. Pindar deserves more coverage than he receives, given his massive extant corpus; the epilogue, "Lyric and Lyrics," is too brief; Alessandro Barchiesi's piece on Horace cries out for expansion; greater attention to papyrologists' ongoing addition of texts to the repository"; Gregory Nagy's groundbreaking work needs far more engagement from the contributors. Systematic commentary on the many editions of the lyrici would have been welcome. And those interested in Nachleben will want to be wary of articles that refer to the geographical/temporal imprecision of the undefined "Renaissance. In sum, perhaps more than most such companions, this volume suffers from space restrictions. One also wonders why Greek is provided in some places but elsewhere the reader is expected to rely on a translation alone. These shortcomings notwithstanding, given the surprising dearth of good critical scholarship on Greek lyric, students and scholars will want to consult this volume. Summing Up: Recommended. With reservations. All levels. L. M. Fratantuono Ohio Wesleyan University

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