A Hellenistic Anthology

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This book is an anthology of Greek poetry written during the third to first centuries B. C. - the so-called Hellenistic period. It is intended to make available to undergraduates a selection of texts which are for the most part not easily accessible elsewhere. The volume contains a wide and representative range of poetry including hymns, didactic verse, pastoral in its cultural and historical background and a full commentary elucidates problems of language and reference in the texts. This edition should be welcomed by students and scholars alike.
 

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Contents

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Page 1 - Blessed indeed the man who was skilled in song in those days, a 'servant of the Muses' when the meadow was still undefiled! Now, when everything has been portioned out and the arts have reached their limits, we are left behind in the race, and one looks everywhere in vain for a place to drive one's newly yoked chariot.
Page 8 - It is tempting to go further and to suggest that "self-consciousness" is a prime characteristic of many Hellenistic poems, which by alluding to and echoing earlier writers seek to draw attention to their own place in the poetic tradition, to point their similarities to and differences from past literature .... These are texts to be read through other texts; learning and allusion are absolutely integral to their meaning.
Page 11 - To this rarefied urban audience the simple life of rustics and the lower classes appealed because such people were outside their own experience and, paradoxically, 'exotic'.

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