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‘Lyric’ Atmosphere in Apollonius Rhodius and Callimachus (With an Analysis of Theocritus 18)

Maria Noussia-Fantuzzi
From the journal Trends in Classics


This study examines a representative selection of Hellenistic instances of choroi in the works of the three main poets, Apollonius Rhodius, Theocritus and Callimachus. It does so through the notions of ‘choral self-referentiality’, ‘choral mediation’ and the stratagem of ‘choral projection’. Although Hellenistic choreia probably does not belong to the performative and multi-media milieu alongside lyric or tragic productions, it brings to the fore the continuity between archaic lyric poetry and Hellenistic poetry. This continuity largely consists in the tragic re-use of the choral element and the choral performance.


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Article Note

I wish to thank Antonios Rengakos, who first interested me in some of the issues addressed here; Marco Fantuzzi and David Sider for commenting on a previous draft of this paper; and the editor Evina Sistakou for her patience.

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