A Companion to Hellenistic Literature

Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World Band 50

James J. Cuypers, Martine Clauss

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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

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).


Einband Taschenbuch
Erscheinungsdatum 28.01.2014
Herausgeber James J. Clauss, Martine Cuypers
Verlag John Wiley & Sons Inc
Seitenzahl 576
Maße (L/B/H) 24.4/17/2.8 cm
Gewicht 872 g
Auflage 1. Auflage
Reihe Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-118-78290-3

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  • 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