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Callimachean ‘Lyric’

Benjamin Acosta-Hughes and Susan A. Stephens
From the journal Trends in Classics


The present paper considers how Callimachus incorporates archaic lyric forms in new articulations in his poems. Despite writing in stichic rather than strophic meters, Callimachus works the epinician, the threnos and the paean into elegiac and hexametric works. In some cases, such as the Deification of Arsinoe (fr. 228 Pf.) and the Branchus (fr. 229 Pf.), he seems to experiment directly with the lyric forms of the lament and the paean in poems that were perhaps intended for performance. Other encounters with lyric poetry are traced in the Hymns and the Aetia. In conclusion, the paper argues that Callimachus’ intertextual dialogue with the lyric genres formed part of a lived tradition of composing and performing lyric poetry in Hellenistic Alexandria.


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