A Companion to Hellenistic Literature (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World)

A Companion to Hellenistic Literature (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World)

By: James J. Clauss (editor), Martine Cuypers (editor)Hardback

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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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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.


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 Ko?hnken

11 Narrative Hexameter Poetry 151 Annemarie Ambu?hl

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

Product Details

  • publication date: 13/04/2010
  • ISBN13: 9781405136792
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 576
  • ID: 9781405136792
  • weight: 1176
  • ISBN10: 1405136790

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