Blackwell Guides to Classical Literature: A Guide to Hellenistic Literature

Editor/Author Gutzwiller, Kathryn
Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Wiley

Single-User Purchase Price: $125.95
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ISBN: 978-0-631-23321-3
Category: Language & Literature - Literature
Image Count: 14
Book Status: Available
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This book is a guide to the extraordinarily diverse literature of the Hellenistic period. - A guide to the literature of the Hellenistic age, from the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BCE to the Battle of Actium in 31 BC - Provides overviews of the social, political, intellectual and literary historical contexts in which Hellenistic literature was produced - Introduces the major writers and genres of the period - Provides information about style, meter and languages to aid readers with no prior knowledge of the language in understanding technical aspects of literary Greek - Distinctive in its coverage of current issues in Hellenistic criticism, including audience reception, the political and social background, and Hellenistic theories of literature

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Table of Contents

  • List of Figures
  • List of Maps
  • Preface
  • 1 History and Culture
  • 1.1 The Successors
  • 1.2 Macedonia and Greece
  • 1.3 Seleucid Asia
  • 1.4 Attalid Pergamum
  • 1.5 Ptolemaic Egypt
  • 2 Aesthetics and Style
  • 2.1 Aesthetic Principles
  • 2.2 Meter, Dialect, and Diction
  • 2.3 Literature as Artefact
  • 3 Authors and Genres
  • 3.1 Menander
  • 3.2 Callimachus
  • 3.3 Apollonius of Rhodes
  • 3.4 Theocritus and the Other Bucolic Poets
  • 3.5 Didactic Poetry
  • 3.6 Epigrams
  • 3.7 Dramatic Poetry
  • 3.8 Parodic and Philosophical Literature
  • 3.9 Polybius
  • 3.10 Technical Prose Writing
  • 4 Topics in Hellenistic Literature
  • 4.1 Learning and Innovation
  • 4.2 Book Culture and Performance
  • 4.3 Social and Political Background
  • 4.4 The Critical Impulse in Literature and Art
  • 4.5 Reception in Rome
  • Chronological Tables
  • Suggested Reading
  • Bibliography