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Poetry and the Dēmos: State Regulation of a Civic Possession 

Casey Dué, edition of January 31, 2003

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This article argues that poetry—the Homeric epics and the works of the tragedians—enjoyed an importance to the democratic government of Athens equal to that of the city’s laws. Like laws, poetry was powerful. Like the law, too, poetry was regulated and, at times, manipulated according to the political needs of the city and its rulers.

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