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The poetics of old age in Greek epic, lyric, and tragedy

Author: Thomas M Falkner
Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, ©1996.
Series: Oklahoma series in classical culture, 19.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A striking feature of ancient Greek literature is its preoccupation with old age. Yet scholars have been slow to explore the subject - a possible reflection of the ageism that characterizes both ancient Greece and our times. This groundbreaking study by Thomas M. Falkner remedies the oversight by providing the most extensive treatment of old age in Greek literature to date. Focusing on three major genres - epic,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Falkner, Thomas M., 1947-
Poetics of old age in Greek epic, lyric, and tragedy.
Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, ©1996
(DLC) 95017116
(OCoLC)32394271
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas M Falkner
ISBN: 0585302200 9780585302201
OCLC Number: 45728028
Language Note: Text in English and Greek.
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xxi, 342 pages).
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: On the threshold: homeric heroism, old age, and the end of the Odyssey --
Slouching towards Boeotia: age and age-grading in the hesiodic myth of the five races --
Erotic dismembering, poetic remembering: Sappho on love, the lyre, and the life course --
Geronterotic images: age, sex, and society in early Greek poetry --
The politics and the poetics of time: Solon's "Ten ages" --
Euripides and the tragedy of old age: children of Heracles and Phoenician women --
The unpolished rock: Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus and the lessons of old age.
Series Title: Oklahoma series in classical culture, 19.
Responsibility: by Thomas M. Falkner.

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A striking feature of ancient Greek literature is its preoccupation with old age. Yet scholars have been slow to explore the subject - a possible reflection of the ageism that characterizes both ancient Greece and our times. This groundbreaking study by Thomas M. Falkner remedies the oversight by providing the most extensive treatment of old age in Greek literature to date. Focusing on three major genres - epic, lyric, and tragedy - Falkner examines the representation of old age and the elderly in a range of texts, including Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, Sappho's lyrics, and Sophocles' last tragedy, Oedipus at Colonus.

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