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Choreia and the Musical Text

A. P. David

in The Dance of the Muses: Choral Theory and Ancient Greek Poetics

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199292400
eISBN:
9780191711855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199292400.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter develops the notion of χορεία, according to Plato’s usage of the term, as the proper, restored rubric within which to understand the rhythm and harmony of ancient Greek poetry in both ... More


 Chiastic Conclusion: Warriors, Leadership, and Poetic Reflection: Pattern 10 (A)

Paul Borgman

in David, Saul, and God: Rediscovering an Ancient Story

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195331608
eISBN:
9780199868001
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331608.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The final four chapters of the Samuel text are arranged with no regard for proper chronology but with great care as a conclusion. Here we find a chiastic pattern of repetition (ring composition) that ... More


The Genesis of Homeric Poetry (a Brief Synthesis): The ‘Intemporizing’ Cataloguer

A. P. David

in The Dance of the Muses: Choral Theory and Ancient Greek Poetics

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199292400
eISBN:
9780191711855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199292400.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter offers a natural history or ‘just so’ story of how Homeric poetry came about in place of the fantasy of generations of extemporizing bards, and the crudity of metrical building blocks. A ... More


Structure as Interpretation in the Homeric Odyssey

Erwin Cook

in Defining Greek Narrative

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780748680108
eISBN:
9780748697007
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748680108.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

The Odyssey is structured through a series of ring-compositions. Although scholars have ubiquitously identified ring-compositions in Homer, the technique has not been adequately theorized. This ... More


R̥gvedic Poetry and Poetics

Joel P. Brereton and Stephanie W. Jamison

in The Rigveda

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
March 2020
ISBN:
9780190633363
eISBN:
9780190633400
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190633363.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter treats in detail the impetus for Ṛgvedic hymn composition—not only as the verbal portion of ritual, but as an exercise in harnessing the power of the word to model and penetrate the ... More


The Endings of Suetonius’ Caesars

Tristan Power

in Suetonius the Biographer: Studies in Roman Lives

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199697106
eISBN:
9780191779510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697106.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter evaluates the final sections of Suetonius’ Caesars with regard to the notion of ‘closure’ in ancient biographical and historical texts. It is shown that Suetonius utilizes the endings of ... More


Afterword: The Ever-Recurring Drama

Timothy Larsen

in The Slain God: Anthropologists and the Christian Faith

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199657872
eISBN:
9780191785573
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199657872.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion, Theology

The afterword somewhat playfully offers a view of this study as a ring composition in which the chapter on Evans-Pritchard serves as the centre. It pulls together some of the recurring and enduring ... More


Narrative and Lyric Levels in Catullus

Gail Trimble

in Metalepsis: Ancient Texts, New Perspectives

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780198846987
eISBN:
9780191881930
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198846987.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter revisits the challenges of thinking about narrative metalepsis in lyric contexts by considering the diverse corpus of Catullus. Catullus’ most obviously narrative poem—poem 64—offers ... More


The Moral of History

Thomas Harrison

in Interpreting Herodotus

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
April 2018
ISBN:
9780198803614
eISBN:
9780191842016
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198803614.003.0014
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines in what sense the Histories of Herodotus might be envisaged as moral or didactic in purpose. It looks, first, at weaker definitions of moralism (e.g. in terms of the themes or ... More


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