Ancient Greek and Roman Lyric Poetry

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Ancient Greek and Roman Lyric Poetry 18:55 Three stages of greek civilization Hellenic (8 th  century BCE-323 BCE) Hellenistic (323 BCE-30 BCE o Saw an end to the city states Grego-roman (30 BCE- 5 th  century CE) o Saw the rise in the roman empire Three kinds of poetry Narrative: tells a story; no particular speaker (epic  like the illiad is one  example) Dramatic: multiple speakers ina group of actors (play like antigone is one  example) Lyric: one speaker; brief poem; originally meant to be sung to the  accompaniment of an instrument or chanted; conveys emotional state of  speaker o Brief, a performance or musical text Oral nature of poetry Poetry was a community activity It was sung to the lyre Closest responding art = lyric songs on radio, rap music, bodily movements at  a concert Saphhos might have been sung, and just written down later Poetry today is a nostalgia for its oral roots, for the performative nature it  really began with  Saphho Lived on island of Lesbos in 7 th -6 th  century BCE o Our term of lesbianism is derived between this island o In ancient Greece same sex love would have been seen as a stage before  marriage o Seen as a delight for the body, socially accepted by the greeks Was part of a circle of women Member of the upper class, possibly ran a school for girls.  o Dancing and singing school
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o As we saw in Gilgamesh, the ideas of sexuality are culturally specific
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