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This is the introductory chapter of this book, which examines the formation and development of the biographical traditions about archaic Greek poets. The book seeks to clarify: who were the creators of the particular traditions; what were the sources of the traditions; when the traditions were formed; to what extent the traditions are shaped by formulaic themes and story-patterns. The chapter compares the traditions about poets with those about other famous people, such as seers, sages, tyrants and heroes, to identify the similarities and differences in conventions according to which the different traditions are formed. The biographical traditions were continuously developed further, were embellished and scrutinized by later authors and came to form basis for the Hellenistic literary Lives. To try the assumption of the generic development of biographical tradition, author present a detailed study of the traditions of six early Greek poets, Hesiod, Stesichorus, Archilochus, Hipponax, Terpander and Sappho.

Keywords: biographical tradition; Greek poets



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