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By Kathryn Gutzwiller

ISBN-10: 0631233210

ISBN-13: 9780631233213

This e-book is a advisor to the terribly assorted 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 BCProvides overviews of the social, political, highbrow and literary historic contexts during which Hellenistic literature used to be producedIntroduces the foremost writers and genres of the periodProvides information regarding variety, meter and languages to help readers with out earlier wisdom of the language in knowing technical facets of literary GreekDistinctive in its insurance of present concerns in Hellenistic feedback, together with viewers reception, the political and social heritage, and Hellenistic theories of literature

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Mime, a form of popular entertainment that involved dramatization of character, became formalized as the genre of choice for realistic depictions of contemporary life, as in Herodas’ Mimiambi (Ch. 7) and Theocritus’ Idylls. The Idylls concerning herdsmen and countryfolk were conceived as the new genre of bucolic poetry, which through its adaptation in Vergil’s Eclogues developed into one of the major genres of European literature, called pastoral from the Latin translation of the Greek word bucolic.

Eratosthenes’ calculation of the circumference of the earth was made possible by extrapolation from precise measurements made by royal survey expeditions into southern Egypt and Nubia. The astronomer Conon of Samos, much respected by the great mathematician Archimedes of Syracuse, had a court connection, and on one occasion practiced the astronomical hoax of ‘‘discovering’’ a new constellation, the Coma Berenices, to please the monarchs. Ctesibius, an inventor in the area of pneumatic devices, was a native Alexandrian, and the automated figures that appeared in the grand Ptolemaic procession seem to have resulted from advances in pneumatics and other technologies from the early Hellenistic period.

In his allegorical method of interpreting Homer and the grammatical principles he applied to editing, he was the rival of the great Alexandrian scholar Aristarchus of Samothrace, who was his contemporary. Crates called himself a kritikos (‘‘critic’’) rather than a grammatikos (‘‘scholar’’), so indicating his interest in literary criticism and in the broader usefulness of literature within society. His interpretation of the shield of Achilles in the Iliad as an emblem of the cosmos (see Ch. 4) seems to mirror the Pergameme artistic taste in baroque grandeur.

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