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The Lives of the Greek Poets

Mary R. Lefkowitz

Renowned scholar Mary R. Lefkowitz has extensively revised and rewritten her 1981 classic to introduce a new generation of students to the lives of the Greek poets. Thoroughly updated with references to the most recent scholarship, this second edition includes new material and fresh analysis of the ancient biographies of Greece's most famous poets.

With little or no independent historical information to draw on, ancient writers searched for biographical data in the poets' own works and in comic poetry about them. Lefkowitz describes how biographical mythology was created, and she offers a sympathetic account of how individual biographers reconstructed the poets' lives. She argues that the life stories of Greek poets, even though primarily fictional, still merit close consideration, as they provide modern readers with insight into ancient notions about the creative process and the purpose of poetic composition.

Accessible to students and readers unfamiliar with ancient Greece as well as to scholars, this comprehensive and compelling study includes translations of the original biographies of seven of ancient Greece's most storied poets.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publish Date: Mar 15th, 2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Language: English
  • Edition: - 0002
  • Dimensions: 9.01in - 5.96in - 0.61in - 0.72lb
  • EAN: 9781421404646
  • Recommended age: 18-22
  • Categories: Literary FiguresAncient and ClassicalPoetry

About the Author

Lefkowitz, Mary R.: - Mary R. Lefkowitz is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in Humanities emerita at Wellesley.
Praise for this book
A major book which aims at demolishing the underpinnings of much that has passed for Greek literary criticism . . . its proper application to classical studies will have a very positive effect.
--American Journal of Philology
A valuable collection of evidence, information, and ideas.
--Greece and Rome