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This conclusory chapter emphasizes the following conclusions: The creators of the biographical traditions of the poets were people who performed, listened to and studied this poetry. The traditions of poets, as well as those of seers, tyrants, sages and heroes, were formed by using regular story-patterns. The details drawn from poets' verses, local traditions, chronicles and other sources were fitted into the traditional patterns and gave each tradition its individual character. The traditions began to form very soon after the deaths of the poets, and at least in some cases even while they were still alive. The first attempts to write down the continuous accounts of poets' lives were made in the end of the sixth century. Some accounts in the traditions may be authentic and the ultra-pessimistic view that we cannot possibly know anything about the archaic poets' life is not entirely justified.

Keywords: archaic poets; sixth century; story-patterns; traditions of poets



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