Ion of Chios: the case of a foreign poet in classical Sparta

Edmund, Stewart (2017) Ion of Chios: the case of a foreign poet in classical Sparta. Classical Quarterly . ISSN 1471-6844 (In Press)

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This paper aims to reassess one piece of evidence for the performance of music and poetry in classical Sparta: an elegy by the Chian poet Ion (fr. 27 West). It is argued here that this poem evokes the atmosphere of a Spartan festival and, specifically, a symposium held as part of that festival. Ion was present in Sparta not merely as a friend of prominent Athenians, as is often claimed, but as a professional travelling poet. This suggests that Sparta remained an important centre for μουσική in the classical period and, moreover, was part of a broader Panhellenic network of festivals and contests.

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Additional Information: © Cambridge University Press 2018
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities > Department of Classics
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Depositing User: Stewart, Edmund
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2018 07:44
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 18:45

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