By Kathryn Gutzwiller
This booklet is a consultant 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 old contexts during which Hellenistic literature was once producedIntroduces the key writers and genres of the periodProvides information regarding type, meter and languages to assist readers without past wisdom of the language in knowing technical features of literary GreekDistinctive in its assurance of present matters in Hellenistic feedback, together with viewers reception, the political and social heritage, and Hellenistic theories of literature
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1 In addition to subject matter, generic form, and manner of reception, the perceived purpose of poetry also underwent transformation in the Hellenistic period. Poets were traditionally the preservers of knowledge and wisdom in Greek culture, and their function was to teach, although sensual enjoyment was also recognized as part of the poetic experience. But Plato, especially in the Republic, took a highly critical view of the literary enterprise. He held that traditional poetry, including Homer, often depicted heroes and gods behaving in an immoral manner; he believed that, as an imitative art, poetry offers only a pale reflection of universal truth and so is a poor method of instruction, stimulating the audience to emotional weakness.
It was fully annexed by the time Ptolemy III Euergetes (‘‘Benefactor’’) (ruled 246–221) married Berenice II, the daughter of king Magas of Cyrene. 1). Because of continuous habitation and changing sea levels, little remains of this most brilliant of Hellenistic urban centers, although excavated tombs and underwater exploration have enhanced what we know from texts. The most elaborate tombs, with central chambers for sacrifice, were constructed, apparently, for royal burials and as places of dynastic worship.
This poem concerns a statue made by a student of Lysippus, which depicts Philitas of Cos, the intellectual and literary forerunner of the Alexandrian poets gathered at the court of Ptolemy II Philadelphus (63 Austin and Bastianini): The equivalent of Philitas is this bronze statue, molded With precision by Hecataeus even to the nails. He pursued a standard of humanness in size and skin texture and mixed in no element from heroic form. He rather showed, with all possible art, this old man thinking With precision, and his canon of truth was straight.
A Guide to Hellenistic Literature (Blackwell Guides to Classical Literature) by Kathryn Gutzwiller