By James J. Clauss, Martine Cuypers

ISBN-10: 1405136790

ISBN-13: 9781405136792

Supplying unprecedented scope, A significant other to Hellenistic Literature in 30 newly commissioned essays explores the social and highbrow contexts of literature creation within the Hellenistic interval, and examines the connection among Hellenistic and prior literature. offers a breathtaking serious exam of Hellenistic literature, together with the works of well-respected poets along lesser-known old, philosophical, and clinical prose of the interval Explores how the indigenous literatures of Hellenized lands prompted Greek literature and the way Greek literature stimulated Jewish, close to jap, Egyptian, and Roman literary works

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For theoretical thinking about language use and text composition – usually covered under rhetoric and literary criticism – we rely on largely the same set of authors, but with one crucial addition. Thanks to modern imaging techniques and new editions, we are increasingly able to interpret the carbonized papyrus texts of early first century BCE works by Philodemus of Gadara, found at Herculaneum. In addition to providing insight in Hellenistic theoretical discussions we previously knew little about, they show that many strands of criticism which were once thought to be peculiar to later writers in fact perpetuate centuriesold discussions (Gutzwiller).

Its humble herdsmen spend their time singing and in love in pleasurable surroundings without pressing needs, inhabiting a fiction that belongs to no world, mythological or real, outside the individual poems in which they appear (Payne). While these poems have a dramatic setting, they are largely plotless: the action revolves around the performance of songs, in which the herdsmen poets, all highly conscious of their predecessors, identify themselves with figures such as Daphnis or Polyphemus, creating microcosms within the poem that are somehow related to, yet separate from, the world of the dramatic frame.

They can be viewed from two perspectives, both as part of the history of literature, scholarship, and science, and also within the context of the goals and ideology of the Ptolemaic monarchy and court. The first perspective would emphasize the names of those who worked there (Euclid, Callimachus, Eratosthenes), the range of disciplines (literature, medicine, mathematics, astronomy), and especially the innovative literary activity, whether that be the writing of poetry or the editing of classic texts such as those of Homer and the Athenian dramatists.

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