By James J. Clauss, Martine Cuypers
Providing extraordinary scope, A better half to Hellenistic Literature in 30 newly commissioned essays explores the social and highbrow contexts of literature creation within the Hellenistic interval, and examines the connection among Hellenistic and prior literature. presents a panoramic serious exam of Hellenistic literature, together with the works of well-respected poets along lesser-known ancient, philosophical, and medical prose of the interval Explores how the indigenous literatures of Hellenized lands prompted Greek literature and the way Greek literature prompted Jewish, close to jap, Egyptian, and Roman literary works
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Alex. 8, 26). By 334 Alexander had asserted his control over Macedon and the Greek mainland. Any rivals for the Macedonian throne were dead, Thebes was a ruin, and Alexander was ready for the crossing to Asia. The manner of the crossing is telling. On the European side of the Hellespont Alexander paid his respects at the sanctuary of the hero Protesilaus, the first man ashore in the campaign against Troy. In doing this he recalled the heroic age while also contrasting his own religious observance with the earlier Persian desecration of the shrine (Hdt.
The court of mid-third-century Macedon under the lengthy rule of Antigonus Gonatas is well represented in our somewhat scattered and anecdotal evidence. Power, wealth and importantly stability brought many leading figures here. There were at various times philosophers such as Menedemus of Eretria, the Stoic Persaeus, and the Cynic-inspired Bion of Borysthenes, and poets such as Aratus, whose Phaenomena was said to have been written at Antigonus’ request, and the now obscure Antagoras of Rhodes (Vita Arati 15; for philosophers, Erskine 1990).
Beyond this overall ‘‘philosophical’’ atmosphere the extant satiric-parodic texts vary widely. Boundaries between genres, styles, and illocutionary modes are porous, and so are those between schools of philosophy. Phoenix’s choliambs dispense lighthearted moral advice, perhaps with a Cynic flavor. Callimachus’ learned and complex Iambi are only loosely attached to the spirit and form of Archaic iambos, containing poems in different meters and on non-satiric topics; in some Plato is an important model.