Abstract

Abstract:

Callimachus has a resurrected Hipponax dramatize his revival of archaic iambus by summoning a learned Alexandrian audience to hear a humble tale of Thales and his fellow sages. The strange blend of surly address and genial legend, all in bantering choliambs, offers more than a homily on modesty for contentious intellectuals. In its modulation of tone, theme, and mode, the first Iambus presents a paradigm for literary renewal. Both persona and embedded narrative demonstrate the symbiosis of poetry and its "well-read" muse, and the prospects that newly expanded intellectual and cultural horizons afford.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3168
Print ISSN
0002-9475
Pages
pp. 41-66
Launched on MUSE
2021-04-08
Open Access
No
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