New PDF release: A Guide to Hellenistic Literature (Blackwell Guides to

By Kathryn Gutzwiller

ISBN-10: 0631233210

ISBN-13: 9780631233213

This booklet is a advisor to the terribly assorted literature of the Hellenistic period.A advisor to the literature of the Hellenistic age, from the loss of life of Alexander the nice in 323 BCE to the conflict of Actium in 31 BCProvides overviews of the social, political, highbrow and literary old contexts within which Hellenistic literature was once producedIntroduces the foremost writers and genres of the periodProvides information regarding kind, meter and languages to assist readers without previous wisdom of the language in figuring out technical points of literary GreekDistinctive in its insurance of present concerns in Hellenistic feedback, together with viewers reception, the political and social historical past, and Hellenistic theories of literature

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The many copies of the Iliad and Odyssey collected for the Library differed one from the other; they had significant variations in wording within lines and some contained whole lines not in other copies. Textual variation was a much greater problem for the Homeric poems than for other literary works because these epics were products of oral composition practiced during the Dark Age and performed in later times by rhapsodes who worked from memory to produce dramatic renditions. The task of Zenodotus and his successors was to compare these variant copies and to decide upon the ‘‘correct’’ text of Homer.

7) and Theocritus’ Idylls. The Idylls concerning herdsmen and countryfolk were conceived as the new genre of bucolic poetry, which through its adaptation in Vergil’s Eclogues developed into one of the major genres of European literature, called pastoral from the Latin translation of the Greek word bucolic. While long epics on mythical topics, such as Apollonius’ Argonautica, or on local history, such as Rhianus’ Messeniaca, continued to be written, short epic narratives, conventionally called ‘‘epyllia,’’ rose to a new prominence as a vehicle for the humanization of the heroic.

In fact, that seems the point of the epigram: to parallel Philitas’ contribution to the new taste for realism, erudition, and precision in literature (the new ‘‘canon of truth’’) with the similar achievement of Lysippus in sculpture. Another celebrated forerunner of the Alexandrians was Erinna, a fourth-century poet perhaps from the Aegean island of Teos, who reportedly died unmarried at the age of nineteen. Her Distaff, a poem of three hundred lines known only in fragments (401–2 Lloyd-Jones and Parsons), remodeled the epic meter of Homer to convey the personal voice of a young woman lamenting the death of a childhood friend, named Baucis.

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