James J. Clauss, Martine Cuypers's A Companion to Hellenistic Literature PDF

By James J. Clauss, Martine Cuypers

ISBN-10: 1405136790

ISBN-13: 9781405136792

Supplying exceptional scope, A significant other 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 breathtaking severe exam of Hellenistic literature, together with the works of well-respected poets along lesser-known old, philosophical, and medical prose of the interval Explores how the indigenous literatures of Hellenized lands motivated Greek literature and the way Greek literature motivated Jewish, close to jap, Egyptian, and Roman literary works

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All these stories are unique to this inscription and to Halicarnassus (Isager 1998; Lloyd-Jones 1999). This inscription may honor the city itself but far more common are decrees that honor rich citizens who have acted as civic euergetai, ‘‘benefactors,’’ for instance by going on an embassy or assisting in a grain shortage. This culture of elite benefaction has become known as euergetism. Especially important among this group of citizens are those who act as intermediaries between the city and the king and who may be numbered among the philoi, ‘‘friends,’’ of the king, as Hegesianax of Alexandria Troas was a philos of Antiochus III.

Such a request highlights the barbarian, non-Greek setting he now found himself in and serves to repudiate those who wished to insinuate that the Macedonians were not proper Greeks (Dem. Phil. 31–2; Badian 1982). It is indicative of the political and social changes brought about by Alexander that in the third century BCE the largest collection of Greek books in the ancient world was to be found not in mainland Greece, housed in a famed city of culture such as Athens, but in Egypt (Stephens and Gruen in this volume).

He is said to have been nicknamed ‘‘Achilles’’ as a child by his tutor, to have lamented that there 22 Andrew Erskine was no Homer to celebrate his deeds, to have mourned Hephaestion as Achilles mourned Patroclus. Such stories may be the result of later elaboration but they are based on an image that Alexander himself was projecting during his lifetime. For Alexander, a powerful leader with a large army of followers, operating outside the structure of the polis, the analogy with the Homeric hero was especially appealing and appropriate.

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