A Companion to Hellenistic Literature

A Companion to Hellenistic Literature

Language: English

Pages: 576

ISBN: 1118782909

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Offering unparalleled scope, A Companion to Hellenistic Literature in 30 newly commissioned essays explores the social and intellectual contexts of literature production in the Hellenistic period, and examines the relationship between Hellenistic and earlier literature.

  • Provides a wide ranging critical examination of Hellenistic literature, including the works of well-respected poets alongside lesser-known historical, philosophical, and scientific prose of the period
  • Explores how the indigenous literatures of Hellenized lands influenced Greek literature and how Greek literature influenced Jewish, Near Eastern, Egyptian, and Roman literary works

How Literature Works: 50 Key Concepts

A Christmas Passage

King Suckerman (D.C. Quartet, Book 2)

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references, Heracles’ future is already present in the text, unknown to the boy himself and his family but recognizable to the reader familiar with the mythological and literary tradition. At the same time, some of his wellknown features have been transformed into something new. This metamorphosis becomes tangible in the passage describing the boy’s education (103–40). In pointed reversal of the comic Heracles, this Heracles is no unmusical brute and glutton. On the contrary, he receives an

thus reworks elements from tragedy by placing them in a new setting. Most of all, the extended lamentation of the two women corresponds to a tragic thre¯nos. This is reflected in a self-conscious way in Alcmena’s speech (63–7, text in 87 following the manuscript tradition; cf. Marcovich 1980): πωÐ с ἄμμš ἐθέλειс ὀροθυνέμεν ἄμϕω ϰήδεš ἄλαсτα λέγουсα τά τš οὐ νυÐ ν πρωÐ τα ϰέϰλαυται; ηƒ οὐχ ἅλιс, οιffl с ἐχόμεсθα τὸ δεύτατον, αἰὲν ἐπš ηƒ μαρ γινομένοιс; μάλα μέν γε ϕιλοθρηνήс ϰέ τιс εἴη ὅсτιс

post-Theocritean (Reed). All three seem to be synthesizing Theocritus’ (earlier) bucolic poetry. Treating its innovations as conventions with which to work, they codify a specific type of herdsmen’s exchange and pastoral world, and stereotype its intertextual tropes in such a way that they become stepping-stones to a new poetics. The Archaic iambic poet Hipponax was resurrected during the Hellenistic era, even literally in Callimachus’ first Iamb. As was the case for other authors whose works

standards, presumptuous: reward me, and you will buy yourself immortality. After all, ‘‘who would ever have known the long-haired sons of Priam’’ (48–9), or Achilles (74), or wandering Odysseus (51–4), had not Homer put their deeds into words? Now, thanks to the poet, not only the heroes are remembered, but even Odysseus’ swineherd, Eumaeus (54–5). Hiero, the Achilles of our age, also needs a poet to immortalize his heroic exploits (listed in 76–100), and spread his glory ‘‘across the Scythian

the genre (Bowie 1986: 21–7; Gerber 1997: 91; differently Page 1936: 206–30; Aloni 2001). According to this view, Archilochus IEG 13 (seventh century BCE ), which has references to grieving the dead 108 Jackie Murray (ϰήδεα μὲν сτονόεντα, 1) and the elegiac threnody in Euripides’ tragedy Andromache (420s BCE ) are to be dismissed as evidence for a subgenre of threnodic elegy, the former because of its sympotic performance context and the latter as a self-conscious product of contemporary

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