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Pages: 304
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2006
ISBN: 978-0199292400

The Dance of the Muses: Choral Theory and Ancient Greek Poetics (Buy Now)

A. P. David
This book develops an authentic and at the same time revolutionary musical analysis of ancient Greek poetry. It departs from the abstract metrical analyses of the past in that it conceives the rhythmic and harmonic elements of poetry as integral to the whole expression, and decisive in the interpretation of its meaning. David offers a thoroughgoing treatment of Homeric poetics: here some remarkable discoveries in the harmonic movement of epic verse, when combined with some neglected facts about the origin of the hexameter in a \"dance of the Muses,\" lead to essential new thinking about the genesis and the form of Homeric poetry. He also gives a foretaste of the fruits to be harvested in lyric by a musical analysis, which applies a new theory of the Greek tonic accent and considers concretely the role of dance in performance.


  • Offers a radical new approach to Greek poetics, by taking seriously and concretely the role of dance
  • Incorporates a revolutionary theory about the origins and composition of Homeric verse