SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

vol.22 issue1The Pharmaceutical literature in Syriac, Greek, and Arabic languages: the case of Hiera of ArchigenesLoves, births and lineage: A political reading of the birth in Hesiod author indexsubject indexarticles search
Home Pagealphabetic serial listing  

Services on Demand




  • Have no cited articlesCited by SciELO

Related links

  • Have no similar articlesSimilars in SciELO


Circe de clásicos y modernos

On-line version ISSN 1851-1724


CARRIZO, Sebastián. Invective, mockery, obscenity: the ritual origins of ancient iambography. Circe clás. mod. [online]. 2018, vol.22, n.1, pp.29-48. ISSN 1851-1724.

Iambic poetry in Ancient Greek often dates back to communal celebrations and religious rituals traced to the cults of Demeter and Dionysus. These events coincide with the Iambus, mainly featuring invective, insulting and obscene language. The present work intends to precisely look into some testimonies relating to different ceremonies of these two deities that, although late and indirectly passed on, they allow us to pick up again the threads between cultural songs and literary iambus. In fact, as can be inferred from them, it is possible to draw a continuity line between the religious and cultural context of the Eleusinian and Dionysian festivities in the archaic Greek world and the specifically literary iambic compositions that emerged around the 7th century BC. We will focus on certain Iambus of the famous poets Archilochus of Paros and Hipponax of Ephesus, which, to our knowledge, are reflections of those ancient ritual songs.

Keywords : Iambic poetry; Invective; Aeschrology; Archilochus; Hipponax.

        · abstract in Spanish     · text in Spanish     · Spanish ( pdf )


Creative Commons License All the contents of this journal, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License