Statement of Purpose

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There used to be a time when Greek lyric poetry, the fountainhead and inspiration of modern lyric poetry, was studied at every major university by more than one person. In the last two decades, however, many universities, especially in Europe, had to cut back on positions in Classics, leading to a situation wherein scholars who now work in specialized fields like archaic Greek poetry often find themselves alone within their institution or even within their own country or state. At the same time it is recognized, more than ever, that the study of this subject requires an interdisciplinary approach and a common effort by groups of scholars. The purpose of this network is to bring these individual scholars together in an international network for the study of archaic and classical Greek song. In the title of the network the word “song” is preferred over “lyric poetry” to indicate that this network will focus not only on lyric but also on iambic and elegiac Greek poetry, and that it wishes to study not only the surviving texts but the performance contexts of this poetry as well. Chronologically the network is restricted to the study of Greek lyric, iambic and elegiac poetry before the Hellenistic era (ca. 700-300 BCE).

The main activities of the network will be the organisation of annual meetings and the maintenance of this website. The network is open to anyone working on or interested in archaic Greek lyric poetry, but in order to guarantee its success, also in the future, sixteen core members (“choreutai”) have been chosen, including the two main organizers (“choragoi”), Ewen Bowie (Oxford) and André Lardinois (Radboud University Nijmegen). The duties of these core members is to attend the annual meetings and to commit themselves to raise funds and organize at least one meeting themselves within the coming fifteen years. They have been selected on the basis of their special expertise and the scholarly communities they represent.

The goal of the network is to share information and exchange ideas about the study of archaic and classical Greek lyric, elegiac and iambic. Members will keep each other informed about their forthcoming publications and planned activities through this website. The core members will meet as a group every year and help organize every two years larger conferences, where other members and scholars from many different disciplines, who work on archaic and classical Greek poetry, are invited to contribute. In the future we also hope to establish summer courses and exchange programmes for graduate students working in the field of archaic Greek poetry.

Membership is free. People can become members by sending a notice, including their name, affiliation, and e-mail address to the webmaster of this site, Drs. Caroline Trieschnigg someoneGreeksong. Their names will be added to the list of Members.

On this website, information about the network is posted and members can list their activities and publications. We explicitly invite members to send the webmaster information about:

  • a) Their published work on archaic or classical Greek song, which will be added to the (growing) bibliography that is listed under Publications.
  • b) Their forthcoming publications or work-in-progress. This will be separately listed on the website under Publications.
  • c) Dissertations-in-progress related to the study of archaic and classical Greek song. They will also be separately listed on the website under Publications.
  • d) Any conferences or other scholarly activities they may be undertaking that are of interest to the members of this network. They will be listed under Events.

In the beginning this website will be monitored and maintained by a webmaster, but we are studying the possibility of adding some interactive facilities. We also hope to pull from the website information for a newsletter that will be sent electronically to all members twice a year. The language-of-communication on the website is English.