Bacchylides: Politics, Performance, Poetic Tradition


Books in English on Bacchylides are fairly rare and none in any language (apart from commentaries) is as substantial or important as this revised Oxford dissertation. It makes rather dense reading and at times I felt that I had to step back and take a deep breath. It is not an easy book to review without going into inordinate detail and I have only scratched the surface. A proper review would require at least 20 pages and I do not feel that my review does justice to the book's many virtues.


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