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Hellenic Studies Series 11

Victim of the Muses

Poet as Scapegoat, Warrior and Hero in Greco-Roman and Indo-European Myth and History

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$29.95 • £26.95 • €27.95

ISBN 9780674019584

Publication Date: 06/30/2006


432 pages

5-1/2 x 9 inches

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  • Preface
  • Abbreviations
  • I. Greece
    • 1. The Pharmakos in Archaic Greece
    • 2. Aesop: Satirist as Pharmakos in Ancient Greece
    • 3. Archilochus: Sacred Obscenity and Judgment
    • 4. Hipponax: Creating the Pharmakos
    • 5. Homer: The Trial of the Rhapsode
    • 6. Hesiod: Consecrate Murder
    • 7. Shadows of Hesiod: Divine Protection and Lonely Death
    • 8. Sappho: The Barbed Rose
    • 9. Alcaeus: Poetry, Politics, Exile
    • 10. Theognis: Faceless Exile
    • 11. Tyrtaeus: The lame General
    • 12. Aeschylus: Little Ugly One
    • 13. Euripides: Sparagmos of an Iconoclast
    • 14. Aristophanes: Satirist versus Politician
    • 15. Socrates: The New Aesop
    • 16. Victim of the Muses: Mythical Poets
  • II. Indo-European Context
    • 17. Kissing the Leper: The Excluded Poet in Irish Myth
    • 18. The Stakes of the Poet: Starkaor/Suibhne
    • 19. The Sacrificed Poet: Germanic Myths
  • III. Rome
    • 20. “Wounded by Tooth that Drew Blood”: The Beginnings of Satire in Rome
    • 21. Naevius: Dabunt malum Metelli Naevio Poetae
    • 22. Cicero Maledicus, Cicero Exul
    • 23. Ovid: Practicing the Stadium Fatale
    • 24. Phaedrus: Another Fabulist
    • 25. Seneca, Petronius, and Lucan: Neronian Victims
    • 26. Juvenal: The Burning Poet
  • IV. Conclusions
    • 27. Transformations of Myth: The Poet, Society, and the Sacred
  • Epilogue
  • Appendices
    • A. Poetry, Aggression, Ritual
    • B. Aggression and the Defensive Topos: Archilochus, Callimachus, Horace
    • C. Themes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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