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Mētēr” 2), yet there's plausibly a parallel at SH 905. 24 (a textual content Horna do not need known): Greeks exhorted to safeguard their mētera gēn? forty six. Althusser 1984. forty seven. Mullen 1982, 46–89; Calame 1997, in particular 19–88. 164 Poetry and Prose ascertain, substantively reconfigures) a paradigm that's deeply rooted in Greek idea. the picture that recurs with such a lot awesome regularity in those poems is that of the refrain of stars. within the hymn to Helios, “for you the serene refrain [khoros] of stars dances over lord [anakta]48 Olympus” (2. 17–18). within the hymn to Isis, “all the celebrities [astra]49 dance [khoreuetai] to Isis the charioteer via her temples” (5. 17–19). within the hymn to the Hadriatic, “The refrain [khoros] of stars leans again towards you, and the sparkling spurs of the moon and the well-born stars of the Pleiad” (6. 10–12). within the moment poem to the (astrological) horologium, the poet refers back to the zodiacal inscriptions at the dial as a “chorus [khoron]” to compare the celestial phenomena (8. 25). The language of big name choruses is conventional: it is going again most likely so far as Alcman and Sappho. 50 In Archaic poems, the conspicuous luminosity of the celebrities figures the gloriously remarkable prestige of these participants selected to symbolize the onlooking, starstruck group within the dance. fifty one within the Athenian hymn to Demetrius Poliorcetes, besides the fact that, we come upon a brand new improvement: the megastar refrain is rotating round a named person, the political chief of the group. Demetrius “seems whatever august: his pals are all in a circle, he's within the center, as if his acquaintances have been the celebrities and he the solar. ”52 during this heliocentric perception of the universe, the celebrity refrain continues to be an elite workforce of stellar contributors (Demetrius’s friends), yet they're subordinate to the ruling sunlight. All of Mesomedes’s famous person choruses dance for or to the topic of the hymn (apart from that during the astrological horologium, mentioned below). there is not any robust advice that the megastar refrain danced particularly round a imperative determine, as within the hymn to Demetrius; certainly, the hymn to Helios seems to be extra like a processional poem (prosodion). then again, the language of the refrain powerfully represents an idealized forty eight. a couple of proposals for anakta were provided, none of them convincing: Bergk had 3 makes an attempt (alēkta, nukta, and se for soi); Hermann proposed enanta. See Heitsch’s severe gear for info. forty nine. Astea: MS, Powell in CA, 198; aistea: Horna 1928, 17–18; astra: Wilamowitz-Möllendorff 1921, Heitsch. 50. Soph. , Ant. 1147; Eur. , El. 467, fr. 593. 4–5 N2 (similarly Ion 1080–81); Anth. buddy. nine. 270–71; Luc. , Salt. 7; males. Rhet. 406. 28–29 (p. 148 RW). For Alcman, the problem activates the id of the Pelēades at 1. 60 Davies. Opinion is now returning to the view (expressed within the fragmentary scholion advert loc. ) that the Pleiads are intended: Gianotti 1978; Segal 1983; Clay 1991, 56–57. Stars are pointed out at Sapph. frs. 34. 1–2, ninety six. 6–9, 104(b) LP; none of those fragments is, even if, explicitly choral. The χορός at Pind.