M3 - Article (Academic Journal) , The Suda's claim that Hesiod was the father of Stesichorus can be dismissed as "fantasy" yet it is also mentioned by Tzetzes and the Hesiodic scholiast Proclus (one of them however named the mother of Stesichorus via Hesiod as Ctimene and the other as Clymene). cit., pp.  According to Stephanus of Byzantium and the philosopher Plato the poet's father was named Euphemus, but an inscription on a herm from Tivoli listed him as Euclides. The Suda in yet another entry refers to the fact, now verified by Papyrus fragments, that Stesichorus composed verses in units of three stanzas (strophe, antistrophe and epode), a format later followed by poets such as Bacchylides and Pindar.  Hieronymus declared that his poems became sweeter and more swan-like as he approached death, and Cicero knew of a bronzed statue representing him as a bent old man holding a book. The beginning of the Stesichorus poem “Sack of Troy” // Bulltein of the Leningrad State University. AU - Finglass, P. J. PY - 2014. P. 52-70. Some 30 titles are produced annually.  The enduring freshness of his art, in spite of its epic traditions, is borne out by Ammianus Marcellinus in an anecdote about Socrates: happening to overhear, on the eve of his own execution, the rendition of a song of Stesichorus, the old philosopher asked to be taught it: "So that I may know something more when I depart from life." The ancients associated the lyrical qualities of Stesichorus with the voice of the nightingale, as in this quote from the Palatine Anthology: "...at his birth, when he had just reached the light of day, a nightingale, travelling through the air from somewhere or other, perched unnoticed on his lips and struck up her clear song. Request Permissions.  The poet's mathematically inclined brother was named Mamertinus by the Suda but a scholiast in a commentary on Euclid named him Mamercus. Stesichorus was born in Metauros (modern Gioia Tauro) in Calabria, Southern Italy c. 630 BC and died in Katane (modern Catania) in Sicily in 555 BC. p. 13. Helen of Troy's bad character was a common theme among poets such as Sappho and Alcaeus and, according to various ancient accounts, Stesichorus viewed her in the same light until she magically punished him with blindness for blaspheming her in one of his poems. Stesichorus (S7 Loeb): D.A. Il y a, par exemple, une scène montrant Enée et son père Anchises partant «pour Hespérie » avec des «objets sacrés», ce qui pourrait avoir plus à voir avec la poésie de Virgile qu'avec celle de Stesichorus. It also distributes the publications of several scientific organisations on a commission basis. of the Sack of Troy in Athenaeus should be connected with the above papyrus; (ii) that the resulting frag ment cornes from the beginning of the poem; (iii) that careful considération of the fragment affords us a rare chance to appreciate aspects of Stesichorus' poetic technique. Some say that he came from Himera in Sicily, but that was due to him moving from Metauros to Himera later in life. Select the purchase Read your article online and download the PDF from your email or your account. Phonetics, dialectology and language history. davies/finglass) 533 Fragments perhaps by Stesichorus (fr. Suda claims this three-stanza format was popularly referred to as the three of Stesichorus in a proverbial saying rebuking cultural buffoons ("You don't even know the three of Stesichorus!"). Noté /5. pp. , The following description of the birthplace of the monster Geryon, preserved as a quote by the geographer Strabo, is characteristic of the "descriptive fulness" of his style:. 7–13, esp. Stesichorus was from Himera in Sicily and probably lived in the ﬁrst half of the sixth century B.C. Check out using a credit card or bank account with. " The account is repeated by Pliny the Elder but it was the epic qualities of his work that most impressed ancient commentators, though with some reservations on the part of Quintillian: "The greatness of Stesichorus' genius is shown among other things by his subject-matter: he sings of the most important wars and the most famous commanders and sustains on his lyre the weight of epic poetry. ; his impressive name means ‘He who sets up the chorus’, which probably reﬂects how his poems were performed. Helen of Troy's bad character was a common theme among poets such as Sappho and Alcaeus and, according to various ancient accounts, Stesichorus viewed her in the same light until she magically punished him with blindness for blaspheming her in one of his poems.  His poetry reveals both Doric and Ionian influences and this is consistent with the Suda'a claim that his birthplace was either Metauria or Himera, both of which were founded by colonists of mixed Ionian/Doric descent. . Dr. Rudolf Habelt Ltd. was founded in 1948 as an antiquarian bookshop. The titles of more than half of them are recorded by ancient sources:, Some poems were wrongly attributed to Stesichorus by ancient sources, including bucolic poems and some love songs such as Calyce and Rhadine. Unfortunately, by the time of the arrival of Astyanax’s corpse, Andro… P.Oxy.2506 fr.26col.i, cited by David Cambell. Stesichorus' lyric poetry vividly recreates the most dramatic episodes of Greek myth: the labours of Heracles, the sack of Troy, the vengeance of Orestes, and more besides. Vol 2. p. 100 - 107. You didn't reach the walls of Troy. / Finglass, P. J. T1 - The glorious water-carrier: Stesichorus’ Sack of Troy. [in Russian] 2. Stesichorus was a Greek poet from the first half of the 6th century BCE. The Sack of Troy Seeing what splendid results were achieved by others in the Geryoneis (P.Oxy?617), I attempted, with some success, to reconstruct the metrical scheme of the IIiu Persis (P. Oxy.2619). His poems are in the Doric dialect and in 26 books. According to one modern scholar, however, this saying could instead refer to the following three lines of his poem The Palinode, addressed to Helen of Troy:. The development of *u in the Pamphylian dialect // Linguistic studies 1976. They say that he was blinded for writing abuse of Helen and recovered his sight after writing an encomium of Helen, the Palinode, as the result of a dream.  According to a colourful account recorded by Pausanias, she later sent an explanation to Stesichorus via a man from Croton, who was on a pilgrimage to White Island in the Black Sea (near the mouth of the Blue Danube), and it was in response to this that Stesichorus composed the Palinode, absolving her of all blame for the Trojan War and thus restoring himself to full sight. See The Queen's Speech in the Lille fragment for more on Stesichorus's style. The sixth-century BC Greek poet Stesichorus was highly esteemed in antiquity; but by about AD 400 his works had been almost completely lost. 102 See J. Kwapisz, The Greek Figure Poems , op. The 'Lyric Age' of Greece was in part self-discovery and self-expression – as in the works of Alcaeus and Sappho – but a concern for heroic values and epic themes still endured: "Stesichorus' citharodic narrative points to the simultaneous coexistence of different literary genres and currents in an age of great artistic energy and experimentation. Retrouvez Stesichorus: The Poems et des millions de livres en stock sur Amazon.fr. He had a brother Mamertinus who was an expert in geometry and a second brother Helianax, a law-giver.  Similarly, "the repetitiveness and slackness of the style" of the recently discovered Lille papyrus has even been interpreted by one modern scholar as proof of Stesichorean authorship – though others originally used it as an argument against. Linguistics, P1-1091, French literature - Italian literature - Spanish literature - Portuguese literature, PQ1-3999 He was called Stesichorus because he was the first to establish (stesai) a chorus of singers to the cithara; his name was originally Tisias. Now Stesichorus, in the Sack of Troy, includes Klymenê in the number of the captives; and similarly, in the Homeward Voyages [Nostoi], he speaks of Aristomakhê as the daughter of Priam and the wife of Kritolaos, son of Hiketaon. It is one of the exciting qualities of early Greek culture that forms continue to evolve, but the old traditions still remain strong as points of stability and proud community, unifying but not suffocating." The Homeric qualities of Stesichorus' poetry are demonstrated in a fragment of his poem Geryoneis describing the death of the monster Geryon. The idea that Apollodorus' account of the sack of Troy can be used to reconstruct Stesichorus' poem on that subject, put forward in a recent issue of this journal, unfortunately proves overstated.  His possible exile from Arcadia is attributed by one modern scholar to rivalry between Tegea and Sparta. Stesichorus, which in Greek means “instructor of choruses,” was a byname derived from his professional activity, which he Stesichorus indeed made a new departure by using lyric poetry to celebrate gods and heroes rather than human feelings and passions. All Rights Reserved.  On the other hand, a Doric/Ionian flavour was fashionable among later poets — it is found in the 'choral' lyrics of the Ionian poets Simonides and Bacchylides — and it might have been fashionable even in Stesichorus's own day.  Stesichorus adapted the simile to restore Death's ugliness while still retaining the poignancy of the moment:, The mutual self-reflection of the two passages is part of the novel aesthetic experience that Stesichorus here puts into play. Stesichorus (Ancient Greek: Στησίχορος, circa 640 – 555 BCE) was the first great poet of the Greek West. He is best known for telling epic stories in lyric metres but he is also famous for some ancient traditions about his life, such as his opposition to the tyrant Phalaris, and the blindness he is said to have incurred and cured by composing verses first insulting and then flattering to Helen of Troy.  Eusebius dated his floruit in Olympiad 42.2 (611/10 BC) and his death in Olympiad 55.1 (560/59 BC). The sack of Troy in Stesichorus and Apollodorus. The Lille Stesichorus is a papyrus containing a major fragment of poetry usually attributed to the archaic lyric poet Stesichorus, discovered at Lille University and published in 1976. In both their actions and their speeches he gives due dignity to his characters, and if only he had shown restraint he could possibly have been regarded as a close rival of Homer; but he is redundant and diffuse, a fault to be sure but explained by the abundance of what he had to say."