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Princeton University Department of Classics

Works: 28 works in 33 publications in 1 language and 390 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Bibliography 
Classifications: PA6826, 873.1
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The tradition of Virgil; three papers on the history and influence of the poet by Junius Spencer Morgan( Book )
3 editions published in 1930 in English and held by 234 libraries worldwide
Princeton Stanford working papers in classics PSWPC ; a collaborative project by Princeton University( file )
in Undetermined and English and held by 111 libraries worldwide
George E. Duckworth : a bibliography ( Book )
2 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
Drastic measures: Meter and the birth of book lyric in Greece and Rome by Jason C Pedicone( file )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
"Lyric" poetry has been traditionally defined as such chiefly by metrical criteria. In Archaic Greece, lyric poetry was chiefly sung poetry in contrast to "epic" poetry which was recited. The transition from an oral to a written poetic culture in Greece caused meter to take on an even larger significance for the "lyric poets," a thematically and chronologically disparate group of poets who came to be identified as a specific group. Greek lyric poetry produced in the Hellenistic period displays extraordinary metrical self-consciousness, with lyric poets drawing on the received ethos of a particular lyric meter to add subtle layers of meaning to their work. Callimachus seems to have advocated such metrical virtuosity in his Iambi and Theocritus practiced it in his lyric Paidika. This phenomenon is also particularly well observed in Hellenistic Greek epigram as well as among the Greek technopaignia which used complex lyric metrical systems to create visual images on the page that interact with the literary meaning of the poem they present. This intense attention to meter was not lost on the Latin lyric poets, though it has gone somewhat unobserved by scholars. Beginning with Laevius, Latin poets inherited the Hellenistic Greek tradition of metrical self-consciousness in their lyric poetry, relying on meter to add layers of meaning to their works. A closer attention to the semantic ethos of a given meter in the lyric poetry of Horace and Catullus not only reveals that the Roman lyric poets' engagement with meter surpasses previous scholarly estimations but also yields new readings of important poems
Cultural exchange in Roman society: Freed slaves and social values by Rose MacLean( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
I argue that during the early Empire, when elite values were being reconfigured to accommodate the rise of monarchy, freed slaves offered constructive models of behavior even as they were subject to intense social prejudice. Inscriptions are our best source of evidence for the beliefs and practices of Roman freedmen, and I analyze these texts alongside the literary sources to show how the virtues of deference and industry were adapted from freed culture by members of the imperial elite as they renegotiated traditional concepts of honor and glory. Using a similar method, I demonstrate how the familia Caesaris came to symbolize the principate and to propagate the ideology of empire. The ways in which freedmen represented the individual life course in their commemorative monuments are studied as a basis for the emergence of alternatives to the cursus honorum, primarily in Stoic and early Christian thought. Finally, freed slaves' inclusion in the citizen body and their complex responses to enfranchisement are shown to have been integral to the development of the Roman citizenship and to the definition of the civic community
The helix of Dionysus. Musical imagery in later Euripidean drama by Aikaterini Tsolakidou( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
The lyrics of the plays studied in this thesis consciously foreground tragic song as new and distinctively Dionysiac and at the same time as an old, originary form of mousike. This characteristic Euripidean move is a gesture of legitimization and valorization of the poetics of the controversial New Music, of which later Euripidean lyrics offer prime instantiations; at the same time, it is a gesture of cultural colonization which allows the tragic medium to establish for itself a place of priority in the hierarchy of the Greek tradition by claiming for its mousike a position at the very beginning of the ancient and revered poetic traditions that are evoked in the tragic lyrics
The moral psychology of sincerity in fifth-century Athens by Jennifer Mann( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Sincerity is a virtue that gains salience at the junctures of human life: the juncture between the interior of the self and the exterior world of human interaction; the juncture between individual interest and group interest; and the juncture between commitment to the interests of private friends and public 'friends' (i.e. fellow citizens). One cannot conceive of sincerity in isolation and indeed each of the texts I consider gives significant weight to the role of the surrounding community in the sincerity (or lack thereof) of the individual. As Thucydides' History and the Hecuba forcefully illustrate, there are conditions in one's surrounding society under which sincerity of self is undesirable or imprudent for the individual. Yet, each of the four texts further demonstrates that to some degree sincerity of self-representation is the necessary foundation for a healthy, functional democratic society
Script and song in Pindar and Aeschylus by Anna S Uhlig( Book )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
This dissertation, "Script and Song in Pindar and Aeschylus", begins from the simple fact, often obscured by political and social distinctions, that Pindar and Aeschylus were poetic contemporaries and found success with the same audiences across the Greek Mediterranean. I argue that they also shared a poetic outlook which reflected large-scale shifts in the conceptualization of poetry during their historical period. This perspective stems from their awareness of a written poetic tradition that was by then several centuries old, and which produced a corresponding concern for the future material longevity and reperformability of poetic objects. In particular, new realities of reperformance required a substantial reexamination and redefinition of the temporal conception of poetic voice to fully integrate the ever more decisive role of writing in facilitating poetic performances. I argue that Pindar and Aeschylus responded to their changing poetic reality by developing a scriptory poetics that allowed them to adjust their compositional style to reflect and reveal their poetry as fixed in writing, thus inhabiting a temporality shaped by the physical text as well as the presence of an author or an audience
The chorus in dialogue: Reading lyric exchanges in Greek tragedy by Rosa Margarita Andujar( Book )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
From the "Ode to Man" to songs of praise, the Greek tragic chorus are readily associated with the odes that they sing. Critical accounts, however, overlook their performances in a different mode: lyric dialogues in which they engage with actors through song or a lyrical mixture blending speech. In this dissertation, I argue that these exchanges were sites of active and self-conscious experimentation in fifth-century Athenian tragedy, in which tragedians not only tested the performative capabilities of both chorus and actor but also explored the conditions under which interactions between a group and an individual succeeded or failed
Leading (and reading) by example: Exemplarity in Ovid's Metamorphoses by Danielle Meinrath( file )
1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
The dissertation's four chapters explore the mechanics of exemplarity in four contexts: ancestral, monumental, paternal, and literary. My close readings indicate that Ovid's interest in the many ways in which the discourse of exemplarity can go wrong is, fundamentally, an interest in the controllability of exempla. It was a preoccupation which the poet shared with the emperor, who was systematizing and synthesizing models for imitation in a more conspicuous manner than ever before at Rome. I argue that Ovid dismantles the rhetoric of exemplarity, openly displaying the difficulties endemic to the process of teaching and learning from exceptional precedents. And yet, elsewhere in his works, he engages in his own poetic version of exemplarity and imitation in a strategic bid to cast himself as a "model" poet. The discourse of exemplarity, in fact, offers a culturally specific way of making sense of Ovid's tireless attempts to secure his literary legacy
Trends in early epigram by Simon Oswald( file )
1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Sometimes maligned as inferior poetry and frequently as derivative in relation to its well-established literary cousin, inscribed epigram has nonetheless enjoyed a resurgence in recent times as a worthy academic pursuit in its own right. My research continues this trend. Whereas previous studies of epigram have contained a much narrower thematic focus, I pursue a holistic account of its development between 750 and 480/79 BCE. In this sense it is the first broad historical account of epigram to be attempted. In my first chapter, I outline my methodologies in defining inscribed verse, describing dialect, and dating objects. The principles of 'metricisation', '3D dialect', and guidelines for indicating chronological uncertainty are three of my main contributions to these subfields. I catalogue 29 inscribed epigrams in my second chapter that either postdate or were overlooked by previous collections. In my third chapter, I investigate the beginnings of epigram, disassociating it from the invention of the alphabet and arguing for its coexistence with, not dependence upon, literary poetry; the relationship between the two should not be defined as hierarchical. Chapter Four is a case study of epigram 750-600 BCE. I argue that local and interregional networks of epigram can be identified based upon dialect, alphabet, literary theme, and style of monument or object. Local networks were competitive in nature, while interregional were intimately intertwined with the affairs of the Corinthians and the Euboeans. Chapter Five is a case study of epigram 600-480/79 BCE. I argue that the previous networks became less pronounced, but that inscribed epigram evolved in style (literary and material) and theme (particularly public and mini-epinikia - athletic epigram); something of a koine culture of epigram can also begin to be discerned. The results of my research are manifold, highlighting scale - spatial considerations - as an important delineator in how we assess epigram, and 3D dialect, object, script, and literary theme as important signatures that were actively manipulated by commissioners of epigram to communicate messages of local identity and rivalry
The oversubtle maxim chasers : Aristophanes, Euripides, and their Reciprocal Pursuit of Poetic Identity by Donna G Zuckerberg( file )
1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Over the period of two decades, the comedian and the tragedian gradually expanded a common repertoire from which they responsively developed variations on the same themes. Each sequence of variations on a theme begins with an Aristophanic running gag mocking a recurring tendency in Euripides' tragedies. Euripides tended to respond to Aristophanes' variations on his themes by embracing and continuing to employ the tropes that Aristophanes had singled out as being characteristically Euripidean. My study focuses primarily on Aristophanes' Acharnians and Thesmophoriazusae and Euripides' Helen and Bacchae. I argue that this exploration of shared thematic material was for both Aristophanes and Euripides an endeavor that was especially productive of their unique brands
Networks, hegemony, and multipolarity in the Hellenistic Cyclades by John Antony Neves Zuzarte Tully( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
The connected studies in this dissertation draw on insights from network theory and international relations theory to reframe our economic, social, and political narratives of the Cyclades in the Hellenistic period. First, it synthesises recent work on the Hellenistic coinages of the islands, including the first study of the coinage of Paros, to identify previously unrecognised sub-regional island numismatic networks. Second, study of the proxeny network in the Cyclades confirms the historical validity of the Cyclades as a unit at this time, and demonstrates the systemic centrality of Delos to communication both inside and across the Hellenistic Cyclades. Third, it reconceptualises the sanctuary of Delos as a locus of socially embedded competitive display, and argues that dedications were required for patrons to maintain their relevance, but rarely, if ever, could grant primacy. Finally, a reanalysis of Rhodian activity in the Hellenistic Cyclades presents Rhodes as one of several contemporaneously active competing powers, rather than one of a succession of uncontested hegemons. Each study individually allows more space for islander agency, regional complexity, and the diversity of the island experience than has previously been common. Cumulatively, the result is a richer pattern of narratives which are more consistent with our current understanding of the environmental constraints inherent in Cycladic life; which are embedded in the varying regional and sub-regional economic and social structures here identified; and which allow for more diverse diachronic engagement by a range of internal and external powers
Telling Troy : the narrative functions of Troy in Roman poetry by Brigitte Anne Benacerraf Libby( Book )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
As Rome reaches watershed moments in its history, its poets reinterpret the original watershed moment at Troy to explain, accept, and question the new age at hand. The dissertation's four chapters each focus on a key moment of transformation: the emergence of Roman power after the Second Punic War, the crisis of the late Republic, the foundation of the Principate, and the reign of Nero. The image of Troy, as it changes over time, serves as a window into how Rome continually re-imagined its past to fit contemporary circumstances
The Hellenistic past in Plutarch's Lives by Mallory Anita Monaco( file )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
This dissertation is a study of five Greek Lives (Demetrius, Pyrrhus, Aratus, Agis and Cleomenes) and one pair of Lives (Philopoemen-Flamininus) in which Plutarch of Chaeronea portrayed the Greek world between the death of Alexander and the coming of Rome. My objective is to determine how Plutarch represented Hellenistic Greece, and what cultural relevance these Hellenistic narratives might have had for his contemporary readers. This study complicates the current scholarly narrative concerning Imperial Greek literature, which maintains that Imperial authors were uninterested in Greek history after Alexander, by demonstrating that Plutarch found the Hellenistic past to be a useful tool for thinking through the socio-political dynamics of second-century AD Greece. I argue that Plutarch envisioned the Hellenistic world as analogous to his own, based on a similarly imbalanced power dynamic between the weakened Greek poleis and powerful foreign rulers who valued Greek culture. By means of this analogy, Plutarch explored timely lessons in the Hellenistic Lives that were otherwise inaccessible in the Lives of Archaic and Classical Greek statesmen. I draw on Plutarch's political Moralia and other contemporary works to illustrate the resonances between the socio-political concerns in the Greek poleis of the Roman Empire and Plutarch's themes in the Hellenistic Lives
Horace and the Greek language: Aspects of literary bilingualism by Adam Gitner( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
While classicists are better informed than ever about the significance of bilingualism in the ancient world, its contribution to Latin literature has not fully benefited from these new linguistic and historical perspectives. Making use of a multidisciplinary body of research on multilingualism, this dissertation investigates Horace's many-sided relationship with Greek and the Greeks. By placing him more fully in the context of the cultural and linguistic diversity of the Late Republic, it reassesses the range of bilingual interaction in Horace's poetry and its contribution to his style and achievement
The autobiographical community: Local historiography in classical and Hellenistic Greece by Daniel J Tober( file )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
This study consists of three parts. Part I explains the key concepts of community, community memory, and local historiography, surveys major examples of local historiography from the mid-fifth century BCE to the modern age, and argues that local historiography can be productively read as community autobiography. Part II addresses local historiography in Classical and Hellenistic Greece. It demonstrates first that the local was an indigenous Greek mode of historiography and then focuses on the local histories of four communities, Samos, Thessaly, Argos, and Pontic Herakleia, distinguishing variations in the sources used to construct a narrative of the past, in the organization and conceptualization of territory, and in the treatment of non-local communities. In the Conclusion, I extend this analysis to examine different articulations of time in Greek local historiography as well as issues of audience. Native Greek local historians wrote about their communities from the perspective of an outsider communicating to other outsiders, and this peculiar authorial stance tells us something both about the nature and the origins of the form
Announcement of graduate courses for 1908-09, 1909-10, 1910-11 by Princeton University( Book )
1 edition published in 1908 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
The "Odyssey" in the "Argonautica" : reminiscence, revision, reconstruction by Christina Marie Dufner( Book )
1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
General announcement by Princeton University( serial )
in English and held by 1 library worldwide
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