Departmental Papers (Classical Studies)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

January 1988


Students of the Greek Iambos continue to dispute whether the poets' targets were fictional or real characters. Most recently the Cologne Archilochos has challenged scholars to square the received biographical tradition about the poet with its "new" evidence. Is the "I" of the poem Archilochos himself? Are the characters generic stock-figures, each bearing an appropriately significant name: Lycambes the "Wolf-walker", Neobule, the woman "of New Plan," for example?1


Reprinted from Transactions of the American Philological Association, Volume 118, 1988, pages 29-41.
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