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

Edmund, Stewart

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EDMUND STEWART Edmund.Stewart@nottingham.ac.uk
Assistant Professor in Ancient Greek



Abstract

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.

Citation

Edmund, S. (in press). Ion of Chios: the case of a foreign poet in classical Sparta. Classical Quarterly,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 18, 2017
Deposit Date Mar 27, 2018
Journal Classical Quarterly
Print ISSN 0009-8388
Electronic ISSN 1471-6844
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/50695
Related Public URLs https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/classical-quarterly
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information © Cambridge University Press 2018

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