A Guide to Hellenistic Literature by Kathryn Gutzwiller PDF

By Kathryn Gutzwiller

This publication is a consultant to the terribly different 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 BC* presents overviews of the social, political, highbrow and literary old contexts within which Hellenistic literature was once produced.
Introduces the main writers and genres of the period.
Provides information regarding variety, meter and languages to assist readers without past wisdom of the language in figuring out technical elements of literary Greek.
Distinctive in its insurance of present matters in Hellenistic feedback, together with viewers reception, the political and social history, and Hellenistic theories of literature.

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In doing so, he may have been influenced by two Peripatetic philosophers living in Alexandria, Demetrius of Phalerum, who had been driven out of Athens in 307 and who was initially in charge of setting up the Library, and Strato of Lampsacus, who was recalled to Athens 20 HISTORY AND CULTURE from Alexandria in 287 to head the Lyceum, an institution that may have offered the model for the Museum. Not an art gallery as the word might suggest today, the Museum (‘‘place of the Muses’’) was a center of learning where scholars lived and worked in a community supported by the monarchs and devoted to the study and preservation of earlier Greek culture.

Zenodotus of Ephesus, a student of Philitas and the first librarian at Alexandria, is generally credited as the first scholarly editor of Homer. 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.

5), and Eratosthenes (Ch. 1). 38 AESTHETICS AND STYLE The elegiac couplet, consisting of a dactylic hexameter followed by a shorter ‘‘five-foot’’ pentameter, underwent a similar development toward refinement in the third century. Traditionally used for a wide variety of topics, including social and political themes and mythical or historical narrative, elegy was the preferred meter for epigrams, whether inscribed or only in books, and was used for narrative mythical catalogues, such as Hermesianax’s Leontion and Phanocles’ Erotes or Beautiful Boys, following the model of Antimachus’ Lyde.

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