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Staging empire and other in Ion's Sympotica

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Personal, 'nationalistic', 'unorthodox' voices may reveal an unsuspected, yet congruent, flipside to previous orderings of Ion's staging of Empire and Other. A further question provokes challenging, but productive, explorations: what is at stake in alterations and/or omissions within our extant corpus? What are the consequences and effects of re-reading apparent 'norms', to which Ion seems to conform so neatly, in terms of a perversion of sympotic presentation? Looking beneath the surface of Ion's poetry, in conjunction with his prose sympotica, we can gain insights into the diverse ways in which he negotiates with his material across the literary spectrum. This chapter offers a close analysis of Ion's use of language and his manipulations of metaphor, imagery and other stylistic techniques which serve both to camouflage and reveal our polymathic Chian author.

Keywords: extant corpus; Ion's poetry; staging empire; sympotica



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