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The New Genre and its Boundaries: Poets and Logographers

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One of Thucydides' contemporaries, Hippias of Elis, gained wide popularity in Sparta for the conferences he held "about the genealogies of heroes and men and the foundations of cities in ancient times and, in short, about antiquity in general"; in Plato's ironical picture. For his collection of "things", Hippias drew on both poets and prose writers. Between the seventh and fifth centuries, poets treated "ancient history" in elegiac metre. Poems about origins and archaiologia, sung in sympotic or festive contexts, seem to have been popular in the colonial world, where the confrontation with the mother-cities and the surrounding "barbaric" peoples made the establishment of a "collective identity" a matter of some relevance. In different ways, and with different scope, the authors contributed to the laborious effort(s) to reconstruct the entire history of mankind from its origins down to present times. Unreliable tales have been further distorted by poets and "logographers".

Keywords: Hippias; logographers; poets; prose writer; Thucydides



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