Original Research

Turtaios van Sparta as ‘betrokke’ digter

W. J. Henderson
Literator | Vol 9, No 3 | a851 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v9i3.851 | © 1988 W. J. Henderson | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 May 1988 | Published: 07 May 1988

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Abstract

This article examines the surviving verse of Tyrtaeus of Sparta as Httérature engagée, and thus pursues the theme of a similar article on Solon of Athens (Literator 9(2), 1988:1-16). The Spartan poet used the elegiac form for two main purposes: (1.) the encouragement of Spartan soldiers in their struggle against the Messenians (parainesis), and (2.) the analysis of socio-political problems in Sparta.

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