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Telephus on Paros: genealogy and myth in the 'new Archilochus' poem (P. Oxy. 4708)

Swift, Laura (2014). Telephus on Paros: genealogy and myth in the 'new Archilochus' poem (P. Oxy. 4708). Classical Quarterly, 64(2) pp. 433–447.

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Abstract

The discovery of the new ‘Telephus Elegy’ in 2005 has transformed our knowledge of Archilochus by providing the first surviving example of his use of myth. Yet scholars have found the choice and handling of the Telephus myth surprising. This article will explore the significance that Telephus had for a Parian and/or Thasian audience, and will use this to investigate the political and rhetorical impact of his presentation in the poem. It argues that Archilochus emphasises the aspects of Telephus’ story that connect him most closely with local myth, and that he does so to enhance the poem’s central message: criticism and implicit mockery of the mythological battle, and by implication, of contemporary Parian military strategy.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 The Classical Association
ISSN: 1471-6844
Keywords: Archilochus; elegy; myth; colonisation; Trojan war
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Cultures > Classical Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Cultures
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
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Item ID: 40720
Depositing User: Laura Swift
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2014 13:40
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2018 20:11
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/40720
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