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East versus West in the Lyrics of Ibycus

William Tortorelli

Texas Tech University

The tone of Ibycus’s poem for Polycrates, fragment 282a, is difficult to discern. I argue that it is a parody of epic poetics and a valorization of lyric. I identify elements by which the poet expresses his affiliation with a Western Greek poetic tradition, including allusions to Stesichorean myth, followed by a discussion of whether such a reading is possible.

Session/Panel Title

Lightning Talks 2: Poetry and Language

Session/Paper Number

51.3

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