Published online by Cambridge University Press: 11 December 2021
This volume, the first of three in which my papers published between 1970 and 2020 are being reprinted, brings together (in the order of their publication) articles in periodicals and chapters in collective volumes that investigate Greek poetry down to the late fifth century BC. Neither reviews nor contributions to general histories or encyclopaedias are included in any of the three volumes,1 and, to bring about a more even distribution, papers on Old Comedy have been held over for volume 2. I have corrected some errors of fact, added several bibliographical items, and inserted a few comments where what I wrote in the original publication has been overtaken by more recent discoveries or scholarly argument. Such additions do not aspire to offer an overview of the state of the question, which in some cases would require not lines but pages.