A Guide to Hellenistic Literature (Blackwell Guides to by Kathryn Gutzwiller

By Kathryn Gutzwiller

This ebook is a advisor to the terribly diversified literature of the Hellenistic period.A advisor to the literature of the Hellenistic age, from the demise of Alexander the good in 323 BCE to the conflict of Actium in 31 BCProvides overviews of the social, political, highbrow and literary ancient contexts during which Hellenistic literature used to be producedIntroduces the most important writers and genres of the periodProvides information regarding variety, meter and languages to assist readers with out earlier wisdom of the language in knowing technical facets of literary GreekDistinctive in its assurance of present concerns in Hellenistic feedback, together with viewers reception, the political and social heritage, and Hellenistic theories of literature

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In his allegorical method of interpreting Homer and the grammatical principles he applied to editing, he was the rival of the great Alexandrian scholar Aristarchus of Samothrace, who was his contemporary. Crates called himself a kritikos (‘‘critic’’) rather than a grammatikos (‘‘scholar’’), so indicating his interest in literary criticism and in the broader usefulness of literature within society. His interpretation of the shield of Achilles in the Iliad as an emblem of the cosmos (see Ch. 4) seems to mirror the Pergameme artistic taste in baroque grandeur.

6 Callimachus next turns to the advice that Apollo, the god of song, gave to him as a youth: nurture your sacrificial victim to be as fat as possible, but keep your Muse thin. The Greek word for ‘‘thin’’ is here the variant form leptalee¯n, which Callimachus uses elsewhere for the clear, delicate sound of the panpipe (Hymn to Artemis 243). Apollo continues with a different image, by advising the young poet to drive his chariot along the narrow, untrodden path, preferable to the busy road cut into ruts by many wagons.

8) directed his most famous lampoon to the bickering scholars there: ‘‘Many cloistered pedants feed in the ethnic mix of Egypt, quarreling endlessly in the Muses’ work basket’’ (786 Lloyd-Jones and Parsons). Philitas of Cos, who served as tutor of the young Ptolemy II Philadelphus, provides one key to the link between poetry, scholarship, and patronage in the early Alexandrian age. A poet much admired by the next generation, Philitas produced a famous scholarly work called Miscellanea or Glosses, which consisted of an explanatory list of rare words, namely, dialectical forms, technical terms, and problematic words in Homer.

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