Alcaeus and the sea.

Sarah J. Parker
The first usage of the ship of state allegory is commonly attributed to the seventh century B.C. poet Alcaeus. While it is true that in his corpus of poetry we see the first explicit usage of such imagery, the possibility that it was employed by earlier poets is strong. This thesis is a detailed examination of five fragmentary poems and commentaries, its purpose being to determine Alcaeus' sources of inspiration for the ship of state...
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