By Kathryn Gutzwiller
This ebook is a consultant to the terribly diversified literature of the Hellenistic period.
A advisor to the literature of the Hellenistic age, from the loss of life of Alexander the good in 323 BCE to the conflict of Actium in 31 BC* offers overviews of the social, political, highbrow and literary historic contexts during which Hellenistic literature was once produced.
Introduces the main writers and genres of the period.
Provides information regarding sort, meter and languages to help readers with out earlier wisdom of the language in figuring out technical points of literary Greek.
Distinctive in its assurance 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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Callimachus, however, parodies the Lyde epigram to convey a negative assessment of Antimachus: ‘‘The Lyde is a fat (pachu) composition and not clear’’ (fr. 398). He favored the opposite style, called slender (ischnos) in manuals on oratorical modes of speech. 150). This concept of stylistic thinness extended beyond the literary to other arts as well, since, as we have seen, Lysippus was known for the charm and slenderness of his statues. In addition, anecdotes about the scholar-poet Philitas, perhaps descending from New Comedy, joke about his extreme thinness.
In their self-presentations the Ptolemies early learned how to appeal to dual Greek and Egyptian audiences. Ptolemaic brother–sister marriage, first practiced by Soter’s children Ptolemy II Philadelphus (‘‘Sister-loving’’) (ruled 282–246) and Arsinoe II Philadelphus (‘‘Brother-loving’’), followed the model of the pharaohs and was justified to the Greeks by the example of Zeus and Hera. Another example of Soter’s creation of new amalgamations of Greek and Egyptian cultural ideas was his support for the kindly deity Serapis, a combination of the Apis bull and the god Osiris, fundamental elements in Egyptian religious belief, in a form that eventually appealed to Greek speakers throughout the world.
The most elaborate tombs, with central chambers for sacrifice, were constructed, apparently, for royal burials and as places of dynastic worship. 1 Alexandria. One extraordinary antechamber, made entirely of alabaster, just possibly led to the final resting place for the body of Alexander the Great, which Soter had shrewdly carried off to Egypt. Statues of monarchs depicted in the manner of Egyptian pharaohs have been recently raised from the harbor; it is believed that they may have fallen from the famous lighthouse on the Pharus island, which was classed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.