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Title: Bacchylides: A Selection
Author: Maehler, H (ed)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2004
Paperback; ISBN: 9780521599771
Volumes: 1; Pages: 292
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Like his contemporary Pindar, Baccylides (c. 520-450 B.C.) composed songs of praise for princes and victorious athletes and songs for choral performances at religious festivals. Although lost in Late Antiquity, many of them have been recovered from papyri found in Egypt. Their clear formal structure and vivid narrative make them more easily accessible than Pindar's verse and they are elegant specimens of the exclusive and sophisticated choral lyric poetry from the first half of fifth-century B.C. Greece. (This selection contains the first English commentary since 1905). First commentary in English since 1905 Argues that Bacchylides' odes are masterpieces in their own right and specimens of the latest and most mature stage of Greek choral lyric poetry Offers a unique insight into the genre of dithyramb through the only completely preserved examples of the genre from the fifth century B.C.