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By James J. Clauss, Martine Cuypers

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ISBN-13: 9781405136792

Supplying exceptional scope, A significant other to Hellenistic Literature in 30 newly commissioned essays explores the social and highbrow contexts of literature construction within the Hellenistic interval, and examines the connection among Hellenistic and previous literature. presents a panoramic severe 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 inspired Greek literature and the way Greek literature stimulated Jewish, close to japanese, Egyptian, and Roman literary works

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Enough survives of the earliest Roman epics by Livius Andronicus, Naevius, and Ennius to demonstrate a keen awareness of Hellenistic sensitivities (Clauss). With respect to their learnedness, playfulness, and selfconsciousness these poems might have been at home in Alexandria; yet in their content and ethics they are unmistakably Roman. The contemporary comedies of Plautus, which are both firmly connected to and significantly different from Hellenistic comedy, allow a similar analysis. Historians almost universally let the Hellenistic period end in 31/30 BCE , the years of the Battle of Actium, the fall of Alexandria, and the death of Cleopatra, after which Augustus ruled, effectively with sole power, over much of the area once dominated by Alexander and his successors.

The Theban response was to revolt; only when Alexander and his army were a few hours from the city did the Thebans learn the unfortunate truth. After their revolt was crushed, the city was razed to the ground and the population sold into slavery, an example to any who might consider resisting Alexander’s authority in the future. There was, however, a striking exception to the general destruction. The house of the poet Pindar was to be left intact and his descendants were to be exempted from the fate of their fellow citizens (Arr.

Alexander was a man who slept, so it was said, with two objects under his pillow, a dagger and a copy of Homer’s Iliad, the latter considered by him to be a manual of the art of war. Indeed, when he had to choose his most precious possession to place in a valuable casket seized from Darius, it was the Iliad that he selected (Plu. Alex. 8, 26). By 334 Alexander had asserted his control over Macedon and the Greek mainland. Any rivals for the Macedonian throne were dead, Thebes was a ruin, and Alexander was ready for the crossing to Asia.

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