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  • 1 The programme included: Jane Lightfoot (University of Oxford), Callimachus, Hymn 2, and the Genre (...)

1The papers in this volume were presented during an international conference held at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland (24–25 September, 2015), which was organized by Jerzy Danielewicz in relation to his research project grant The Scope of Continuation and Modifications of Traditional Categories of Greek Lyric Poetry in the Hellenistic Period funded by the Polish National Science Centre. The talks by invited speakers, twelve in number, were characterized by their wide and varied thematic nature, ranging from detailed studies of individual works or authors to more general aspects, such as contrasting twists of the stanza in post-classical lyric, the evolution of performance modes and attempts to recreate the old forms, reconfiguration of generic features, meta-textual reflections on the continuity and transformation of the tradition, preservation and change of the lyric categories or intertextuality and reception.1

2In this special issue of Aitia, we include six contributions—namely those authored by Regina Höschele, Gregory Hutchinson, Antje Kolde, Jan Kwapisz, Jane Lightfoot, and Livio Sbardella. The remaining contributions have already been accepted for publication elsewhere.

3I would like to express my deep gratitude to the editor of Aitia, Christophe Cusset, for dedicating this issue of the prestigious online journal to the Poznań 2015 International Workshop on Hellenistic Poetry. My sincere thanks also go to Jan Kwapisz, who kindly agreed to take on the time-consuming task of editing the submitted papers prior to publication.

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1 The programme included: Jane Lightfoot (University of Oxford), Callimachus, Hymn 2, and the Genre of Paean; Benjamin Acosta-Hughes (Ohio State University), A Lost “Pavane for a Dead Princess”: Callim. Fr. 228 Pf.; Gregory Hutchinson (University of Oxford), “Modernism”, “Postmodernism”, and the Death of the Stanza; Enrico Magnelli (Università degli Studi di Firenze), Cercidas and the Others: Dactylo-Epitrites in the 4th and 3rd Centuries BC; Jan Kwapisz (University of Warsaw), The Three Preoccupations of Simias of Rhodes; William D. Furley (Universität Heidelberg), Dream and Vision in Herodas’ Eighth Mime; Regina Höschele (University of Toronto), Κραδίᾳ γνωστὸς ἔνεστι τύπος” (Meleager, AP 5.212.4): Self-Reflexive Engagement with Lyric Topoi in Erotic Epigram; Antje Kolde (Haute École pédagogique, Lausanne), Lycophron lyrique ?; Krystyna Bartol (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań), The Song for Demetrios Poliorketes (CA 173) and the Concept of Genre in the Early Hellenistic Period; Peter Bing (Emory University), Tombs of Poets’ Characters in Hellenistic Poetry; Livio Sbardella (Università dell’Aquila), Aulodes and Rhapsodes: Performance and Forms of Greek Elegy from Mimnermus to Hermesianax; Gerson Schade (Freie Universität Berlin/Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań), On Some “Old” and Some “New” Categories in the History of Greek Lyric Poetry.

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Jerzy Danielewicz, « Foreword », Aitia [Online], 8.1 | 2018, Online since 03 July 2018, connection on 28 July 2021. URL : ; DOI :

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Jerzy Danielewicz

Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań

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