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The ritual lament in Greek tradition

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A study of the Greek tradition in the oral and literary lament and in the rituals associated with it. Dr Alexiou traces the history of the lament as a poetic form from Homeric through the classical and Byzantine periods to modern times, where it remains part of a living folk tradition. She distinguishes three main forms of the lament (for men, for gods and heroes, and the historical lament for disasters of a city or people) and shows how the survival of the genre has depended not on individuals but on the collective participation of a community.

The lament retains to this day its spontaneity while absorbing much of its imagery, its themes and conventions from the past, and it is this dynamic interaction between learned and popular poetry, and between past forms and present concerns, which preserves its vitality and richness.

The book has a dust jacket which is not price clipped. There is some shelf wear to the edges of the dust jacket, a small tear to the top front of the dust jacket and two small tears to the top back of the dust jacket. There is some foxing to the edges of the pages. Internally, the pages are clean and the binding is tight.

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Author(s):
Alexiou, Margaret
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
8.75" by 5.75"
Edition:
First, 1974
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0521202264
ISBN-13:
9780521202268
Number of pages:
274
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
The ritual lament in Greek tradition

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A study of the Greek tradition in the oral and literary lament and in the rituals associated with it. Dr Alexiou traces the history of the lament as a poetic form from Homeric through the classical and Byzantine periods to modern times, where it remains part of a living folk tradition. She distinguishes three main forms of the lament (for men, for gods and heroes, and the historical lament for disasters of a city or people) and shows how the survival of the genre has depended not on individuals but on the collective participation of a community.

The lament retains to this day its spontaneity while absorbing much of its imagery, its themes and conventions from the past, and it is this dynamic interaction between learned and popular poetry, and between past forms and present concerns, which preserves its vitality and richness.

The book has a dust jacket which is not price clipped. There is some shelf wear to the edges of the dust jacket, a small tear to the top front of the dust jacket and two small tears to the top back of the dust jacket. There is some foxing to the edges of the pages. Internally, the pages are clean and the binding is tight.

Added value:
First Edition
Author(s):
Alexiou, Margaret
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
8.75" by 5.75"
Edition:
First, 1974
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0521202264
ISBN-13:
9780521202268
Number of pages:
274
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
The ritual lament in Greek tradition

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