Alcaeus Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)


Lesky, Albin. “The Archaic Period.” In A History of Greek Literature, pp. 91-240. Edinburgh, Great Britain: Methuen & Co Ltd, 1966.

Discussion of what is known about Alcaeus's life.


Bowie, A. M. “The Language of the Poems.” In The Poetic Dialect of Sappho and Alcaeus, pp. 47-67. New York: Arno Press Inc, 1981.

Examines Alcaeus's and Sappho's poetry for influences of the Ionic dialect, the epic, and native Lesbian tradition.

Gomme, A. W. “Interpretations of Some Poems of Alkaios and Sappho.” Journal of Hellenistic Studies 77 (1957): 255-66.

Offers varied interpretations from the analyses of Lobel and Page.

Hutchinson, G. O. “Alcaeus.” In Greek Lyric Poetry: A Commentary on Selected Larger Pieces, pp. 187-227. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Brief introduction to Alcaeus, as well as notes to his fragments.

Lobel, Edgar. Introduction to The Fragments of the Lyrical Poems of Alcaeus, pp. ix-xciv. London: Oxford University Press, 1927.

Provides detailed textual analysis.

Naafs-Wilstra, Marianne C. “Indo-European ‘Dichtersprache’ in Sappho and Alcaeus.” The Journal of Indo-European Studies 15, no. 3-4 (fall-winter 1987): 273-83.

Questions Lobel's theories and suggests an Indo-European influence.

Page, Denys. “Alcaeus.” In Sappho and Alcaeus: An Introduction to the Study of Ancient Lesbian Poetry, pp. 149-243. London: Oxford University Press, 1955.

Scholarly textual analyses of Alcaeus's works.

Trypanis, C. A. “Lyric Poetry.” In Greek Poetry: From Homer to Sefaris, pp. 80–116. London: Faber and Faber, 1981.

Provides an overview of Alcaeus's life and works.

Van Erp Taalman Kip, A. M. “Some remarks on Alcaeus Fr. 298 (Voigt).” Mnemosyne: Bibliotheca Classica Batava 37, no. 1-2 (1984): 1-13.

Discusses details of the constitution and text of a celebrated fragment.

Additional coverage of Alcaeus's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 176; and Literature Resource Center.