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
James J. Clauss is Professor of Classics at the University of Washington. He is the author of The Best of the Argonauts: The Redefinition of the Epic Hero in Book 1 of Apollonius' Argonautica (1993) and the co-editor of Medea: Essays on Medea in Myth, Literature, Philosophy, and Art (with S. I. Johnston, 1997). Martine Cuypers is Lecturer in Greek at Trinity College Dublin. She is the co-editor of Beginning from Apollo: Studies in Apollonius and the Argonautic Tradition (with M. A. Harder, 2005).
List of Maps viii Notes on Contributors ix Preface xiv Acknowledgments xvi Abbreviations xvii 1 Introduction 1 James J. Clauss and Martine Cuypers PART I Contexts 15 2 From Alexander to Augustus 17 Andrew Erskine 3 Literature and the Kings 30 Rolf Strootman 4 Ptolemaic Alexandria 46 Susan Stephens 5 Education 62 Jessica Wissmann PART II Poetry 79 6 The Prefigured Muse: Rethinking a Few Assumptions on Hellenistic Poetics 81 Benjamin Acosta-Hughes 7 Callimachus Aetia 92 Annette Harder 8 Hellenistic Elegy: Out from Under the Shadow of Callimachus 106 Jackie Murray 9 Epigram 117 Jon S. Bruss 10 Apollonius Argonautica 136 Adolf Kohnken 11 Narrative Hexameter Poetry 151 Annemarie Ambuhl 12 Hymns and Encomia 166 Anthony W. Bulloch 13 Sung Poetry: The Case of Inscribed Paeans 181 Marco Fantuzzi 14 Aratus 197 Katharina Volk 15 Nicander 211 Enrico Magnelli 16 The Bucolic Fiction of Theocritus 224 Mark Payne 17 Idyll 6 and the Development of Bucolic after Theocritus 238 J. D. Reed 18 Iambos and Parody 251 Ruth Scodel 19 Herodas and the Mime 267 Elena Esposito 20 Menander s Comedy 282 Susan Lape 21 Hellenistic Tragedy and Lycophron s Alexandra 297 Alexander Sens PART III Prose 315 22 Historiography, Rhetoric, and Science: Rethinking a Few Assumptions on Hellenistic Prose 317 Martine Cuypers 23 Literary Criticism 337 Kathryn J. Gutzwiller 24 Philosophy after Aristotle 366 Stephen A. White 25 From Polybius to Dionysius: The Decline and Fall of Hellenistic Historiography 384 Alain M. Gowing 26 Prose Fiction 395 Tim Whitmarsh PART IV Neighbors 413 27 Jewish Literature 415 Erich S. Gruen 28 Egyptian Literature 429 Jacco Dieleman and Ian S. Moyer 29 Literature in Western Asia 448 Silke Knippschild 30 From the Head of Zeus: The Beginnings of Roman Literature 463 James J. Clauss Bibliography 479 Index 535