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Archilochus fr. 93a W: Musical Diplomacy on Thasos?

Timothy C Power

Rutgers University

I read Archilochus fr. 93a W (“Peisistratos’ son sailed to Thasos with men skilled in [?] pipe and lyre, bringing gifts for Thracian dogs….”) alongside an ethnomusicological observation in Theopompus: the Thracian Getae play lyres during treaty negotiations (FGrH 115 F 216). 93a criticizes, I suggest, the Naxians’ ingratiating appeal to this Thracian custom of musical diplomacy.

Session/Panel Title

Lightning Talks 2: Poetry and Language

Session/Paper Number

51.2

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