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Lyric Poetry, Diction of
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The term ‘lyric poetry’ is generally used by modern scholars to describe Greek solo compositions characterized by a degree of self-awareness and personal intimacy. In the ancient terminology, however, ‘lyric’ also includes other types of poetry (such as choral odes). In standard handbooks, Greek lyric largely coincides with the works of four poets from three different regions of Greece: Sappho and Alcaeus (from Ae…

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Olga Tribulato, “Lyric Poetry, Diction of”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000225>
First published online: 2013

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