Literary Patronage in Greece and Rome.
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Cloth, 8vo, 24 cm, xii, 267 pp. From the blurb: "The institution of patronage has influenced both public and private relationships from ancient societies to the present day. This first full-length study of literary patronage in the ancient world examines the circumstances and ramifications of this complex social and historical phenomenon. Barbara Gold first describes the forms of patronage from Homer's time to the Hellenistic period, focusing on Homeric bards, the lyrric poets (mainly Pindar), Theocritus, and the Alexandrian poets and scholars. She then discusses patronage in Rome from the dramatists in the third Century B.C. to the later republican poets such as Catullus, Lucretius, and the elegists, who were writing under powerful magnates and therefore in very different circumstances from their literary predecessors. Focusing on literary evidence, Gold explores the institution through the words of these authors, revealing the pressures that patronage exerted on genius and talent. She examines the consequences of the interchange between patron and writer by consldering four specific relationships - Cicero and Archias; Pompey and Theophanes; Maecenas and Horace; and Propertius, Tullus, and Maecenas. Although the patron was an important influence in the development of the literature written for and about him, the literary product emerged as a force in itself, independent of the influence of the patron. Gold argues that the relation between patronage and literature was one of the most pervasive institutions in Greek and Roman culture and as such served as the integrator of the public and private realms." Fine in Near Fine dustwrapper. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE-24099
Titel: Literary Patronage in Greece and Rome.
Verlag: University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 1987
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