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Introduction I PART I THE POLITICS OF EXHORTATION 15 Introduction 17 I Understanding the political in martial exhortation elegy 19 2 Synthesising content and context 35 3 Contextualising the city: archaic verse inscriptions and the 'rise' of the polis 63 PART II POLITICAL POETICS: SOLON'S EUNOMIA 83 Introduction 85 4 Solon 4 and martial poetry 91 5 Solon's Odyssey 113 6 Solon 4 and Hesiod 155 PART III POETRY AND POLITICAL CULTURE 199 Introduction 201 7 Solon and the language of tyranny 205 8 Rewriting (some) history: Solon and Peisistratus 263 Conclusion 281 Appendix I Who were Tyrtaeus' gymnetes? 291 Appendix II XuKd3Tavros: when the wolf comes? 297 Bibliography 309 General index 331 Index locorum 338