The Paian as a Competitive Genre. APA Annual Meeting. January 9, 2010


Scholars commonly believe that the Paian was not a competitive genre. I argue that this view derives not from the ancient Greeks but from a modern, mostly protestant, religious sensibility. Its dominance as detrimental: (i) because it hinders an accurate grasp of the ways in which generic distinctions functioned in archaic Greece; (ii) because it clouds the history of the Pythian festival and obscures the character of its mousikoi agônes; and (iii) because it stymies insight into the relationship the paian bears to the citharoedic nomos.

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  • January 9, 2010

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  • APA Annual Meeting

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  • Anaheim, CA