Tradition and Innovation in Hellenistic Poetry
Hellenistic poets of the third and second centuries BC were concerned with the need both to mark their continuity with the classical past and to demonstrate their independence from it. In this revised and expanded translation of Muse e modelli: la poesia ellenistica da Alessandro Magno ad Augusto, Greek poetry of the third and second centuries BC and its reception and influence at Rome are explored allowing both sides of this literary practice to be appreciated. Genres as diverse as epic and epigram are considered from a historical perspective, in the full range of their deep-level structures, providing a different perspective on the poetry and its influence at Rome. Some of the most famous poetry of the age such as Callimachus' Aitia and Apollonius' Argonautica is examined. In addition, full attention is paid to the poetry of encomium, in particular the newly published epigrams of Posidippus, and Hellenistic poetics, notably Philodemus.
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The aetiology of Callimachusv4ftz
The Argonautica of Apollonius and epic tradition
Theocritus and the bucolic genre
The Phainomena of Aratus
The style of Hellenistic epic
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Achilles aetiology Aitia Alcmena Alexandrian allusion Amphitryon ancient anger Aphrodite Apollo Apollonius Aratus archaic Argonautica Argonauts Aristophanes Arsinoe Athens Berenice Bion bucolic Callimachean Callimachus Catullus century bc character classical Comedy context Cyclops Daphnis dead dedicated divine elegiac epic epigram Eros erotic Euripides Europa evokes example fact familiar famous Fantuzzi fourth century fragment genres Greek Hecale Hellenistic Hellenistic poetry Heracles Hesiod hexameter Hipponax Homeric Homeric Hymn Hunter Hymn iambic Iambus Idyll Iliad imitation important inscriptions interpretation Isidorus Jason language literary Lycidas lyric Menander metre metrical Milan papyrus monument Moreover Moschus motif Muses myth mythical narrative Nymphs Odysseus offers particular passage passer-by perhaps Phainomena Philodemus Pindar play poem poet poetic Posidippus present Ptolemy Roman scene seems Simichidas simile Simonides sing song story suggests theme Theocritus Theogony third century tomb tradition tragedy trans verses victory whereas words Zeus