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Literary Criticism Ancient & Classical

Thalia Delighting in Song

Essays on Ancient Greek Poetry

by (author) Emmet I. Robbins

edited by Bonnie MacLachlan

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Jun 2013
Ancient & Classical, Poetry, Ancient, Classical & Medieval
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Emmet I. Robbins earned an international reputation as a scholar of ancient Greek poetry, possessing a broad cultural background and a command of many languages that allowed him to
present sensitive and informed readings of poets from Homer to the tragedians. Thalia Delighting in Song assembles for the first time his work from 1975 through 1999, reflecting his close
reading of the Greek texts and his firm grasp of their literary, historical and mythological contexts.

Among the essays included in this volume are important reflections on the poetry of
Homer, Alcman, Sappho, Pindar and Aeschylus. Also featured are Robbins' writings that situate Greek texts in their wider contexts, comparing Greek poetry and modern opera, for example, or
assessing the enduring influence of myth in the Indo-European traditions, accounting for links between Greek literature and the poetry, sagas and songs of several other cultures. Thalia
Delighting in Song ensures that the next generation of Classicists will continue to benefit from the insights of one of the foremost scholars in the field.

About the authors

Emmet I. Robbins (1939–2011) was chair of the Department of Classics at the University of Toronto.

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Bonnie MacLachlan is a professor of Classics at the University of Western Ontario. In addition to a number of scholarly articles on Ancient Greek Poetry and Religion, she has produced three books on academic subjects: one (co-edited) on Ancient Music and Philosophy, Harmonia Mundi, (Rome 1991), The Age of Grace (Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1993) and (a co-edited volume) Virginity Revisited: Configurations of the Unpossessed Body (University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 2007). She got to know Seda as her student, admired her writing ability and followed her through many of her difficult moments in the years before she died.

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