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ISBN: 9780199574681

Published: 12 Jul 13

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Dithyramb in Context

Barbara Kowalzig, Peter Wilson

This volume, with contributions from international experts in the field, is the first to look at dithyramb in its entirety, understanding it as an important social and cultural phenomenon of Greek antiquity.

Dithyramb in Context explores the idea that the dithyramb is much more than a complex poetic form: the history of the dithyramb is a history of changing performance cultures which form part of a continuous social process. How the dithyramb functions as a marker, as well as a carrier, of social change throughout Greek antiquity is expressed in themes as various as performance and ritual, poetics and intertextuality, music and dance, and history and politics.

Integrates literary, religious, historical, and visual evidence with current approaches and methodologies in ethnomusicology and historical anthropology

Brings together leading international experts in the fields of poetry, music, drama, and epigraphy

Illustrated throughout

Table of contents
List of contributors
List of Illustrations
Conventions and Abbreviations
1: Barbara Kowalzig and Peter Wilson: Introduction: The World of Dithyramb
I Social and Religious Contexts
2: Barbara Kowalzig: Dancing Dolphins: Dithyramb and Society in the Archaic Period
3: Salvatore Lavecchia: Becoming like Dionysos: Dithyramb and Dionysian Initiation
4: Lucia Prauscello: Demeter and Dionysos in the Sixth-Century Argolid: Lasos of Hermione, the Cult of Demeter Chthonia and the Origins of Dithyramb
5: Luigi Battezzato: Dithyramb and Greek Tragedy
II Defining an Elusive Performance Form
6: Giovan Battista D Alessio: The Name of the Dithyramb: Diachronic and Diatopic Variations
7: David Fearn: Athens and the Empire: The Contextual Flexibility of Dithyramb, and its Imperialist Ramifications
8: Paola Ceccarelli: Cyclic Choroi and the Dithyramb in the Classical and Hellenistic period: a Problem of Definition
9: Guy Hedreen: The Semantics of Processional Dithyramb: Pindar s Second Dithyramb and Archaic Athenian Vase-Painting
10: Armand D Angour: Music and Movement in the Dithyramb
III New Music
11: John Curtis Franklin: Songbenders of circular choruses : Dithyramb and the Demise of Music
12: Timothy Power: Kyklops Kitharoidos: Dithyramb and Nomos in Play
13: Mark Griffith: Satyr-play, dithyramb and the Geopolitics of Dionysian Style in Fifth-Century Athens
14: Alexander Heinemann: Performance and the Drinking Vessel: Looking for an Imagery of Dithyramb in the Time of the New Music
IV Towards a Poetics of Dithyramb
15: Andrew Ford: The Poetics of Dithyramb
16: Claude Calame: The Dithyramb, a Dionysiac Poetic Form: Genre Rules and Cultic Contexts
17: Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi: Dithyramb in Greek Thought: The Problem of Choral Mimesis
18: Giorgio Ieranò: One for whom the tribes dispute: The Dithyrambic Poet and the City of Athens
V Dithyramb in the Roman Empire
19: Julia L. Shear: Choroi and tripods: The Politics of the Choregia in Roman Athens
20: Ian Rutherford: Dithyrambos, Thriambos, Triumphus: Dionysiac Discourse at Rome
Index of Passages
Subject Index

Edited by Barbara Kowalzig , Associate Professor of Classics and History, New York University, and Associate of the former Centre Louis Gernet (now ANHIMA), Paris

Peter Wilson , William Ritchie Professor of Classics, University of Sydney

Barbara Kowalzig is Associate Professor of Classics and History at New York University, and an Associate of the Centre Louis Gernet in Paris. Her research focuses on religion, music and performance, and cultural and economic anthropology in ancient Greece and the Mediterranean. She is the author of Singing for the Gods: Performances of Myth and Ritual in Archaic and Classical Greece (2007; 2011) and has published widely on Greek song-culture, ritual, and drama. Peter Wilson is William Ritchie Professor of Classics at the University of Sydney and the inaugural Director of the Centre for Classical & Near Eastern Studies of Australia. He is the author of The Athenian Institution of the 'Khoregia': the Chorus, the City and the Stage, Greek Theatre and Festivals: Documentary Studies (2007) and Performance, Reception, Iconography: Studies in Honour of Oliver Taplin (with M. Revermann, 2008).