By Kathryn Gutzwiller
This e-book is a consultant to the terribly various literature of the Hellenistic period.A consultant to the literature of the Hellenistic age, from the dying of Alexander the nice in 323 BCE to the conflict of Actium in 31 BCProvides overviews of the social, political, highbrow and literary ancient contexts within which Hellenistic literature used to be producedIntroduces the key writers and genres of the periodProvides information regarding variety, meter and languages to help readers without previous wisdom of the language in knowing technical points of literary GreekDistinctive in its insurance of present concerns in Hellenistic feedback, together with viewers reception, the political and social heritage, and Hellenistic theories of literature
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Because of continuous habitation and changing sea levels, little remains of this most brilliant of Hellenistic urban centers, although excavated tombs and underwater exploration have enhanced what we know from texts. The most elaborate tombs, with central chambers for sacrifice, were constructed, apparently, for royal burials and as places of dynastic worship. 1 Alexandria. One extraordinary antechamber, made entirely of alabaster, just possibly led to the final resting place for the body of Alexander the Great, which Soter had shrewdly carried off to Egypt.
Ctesibius, an inventor in the area of pneumatic devices, was a native Alexandrian, and the automated figures that appeared in the grand Ptolemaic procession seem to have resulted from advances in pneumatics and other technologies from the early Hellenistic period. The Ptolemaic dynasty began to destabilize with the accession of Ptolemy IV Philopator (‘‘father-loving’’) in 221. We know from documentary papyri, which have survived for Egypt as they have not for the other kingdoms, that there were tensions between the ethnic Macedonians, who had a privileged position in Ptolemaic society, and native Egyptians.
The Greek word translated ‘‘wakefulness’’ plays beautifully on the nighttime observations required for Aratus’ astronomical poem and on the midnight hours of labor that went into its composition. Callimachus’ fullest presentation of his stylistic preferences appears in the prologue to his Aetia (fr. 1), which is perhaps the single most important passage in Hellenistic poetry. He begins by paraphrasing criticism made of his poetry by his detractors, whom he calls Telchines. The Telchines were primeval magicians and metal-workers associated with the island of Rhodes, who had come to stand for malicious jealousy.
A Guide to Hellenistic Literature (Blackwell Guides to Classical Literature) by Kathryn Gutzwiller