A Companion to Hellenistic Literature

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James J. Clauss, Martine Cuypers
John Wiley & Sons, May 17, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 576 pages
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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
 

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Contents

Introduction 1
1
From Alexander to Augustus 17
17
Literature and the Kings
30
Ptolemaic Alexandria
46
Education
62
Rethinking a Few Assumptions
81
Callimachus Aetia
92
Contents
95
Iambos and Parody
251
Herodas and the Mime
267
Menanders Comedy
282
Hellenistic Tragedy and Lycophrons Alexandra
297
Rethinking
317
Literary Criticism
337
Philosophy after Aristotle
366
The Decline and Fall
384

Epigram
117
Apollonius Argonautica
136
Narrative Hexameter Poetry
151
Hymns and Encomia
166
The Case of Inscribed Paeans
181
Aratus
197
Nicander
211
The Bucolic Fiction of Theocritus
224
Idyll 6 and the Development of Bucolic after Theocritus
238
Prose Fiction
395
Jewish Literature
415
Egyptian Literature
429
Literature in Western Asia
448
The Beginnings
463
Bibliography
479
Index
535
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About the author (2010)

James J. Clauss is Professor of Classics at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is the author of The Best of the Argonauts: The Redefinition of the Epic Hero in Book 1 of Apollonius' Argonautica (1993), the co-editor of Medea: Essays on Medea in Myth, Literature, Philosophy, and Art (1997), and the co-translator of Rome and Environs: an Archaeological Guide by Filippo Coarelli (2007).

Martine Cuypers is Lecturer in Greek at Trinity College Dublin. She is the author of a forthcoming commentary on Apollonius Rhodius’ Argonautica and co-editor of Beginning from Apollo: Studies in Apollonius and the Argonautic Tradition (2005). She also maintains the online Hellenistic Bibliography.

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