A Companion to Hellenistic Literature

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April 2010



Offering unparalleled scope, A Companion to Hellenistic Literature in 30 newly commissioned essays explores the social and intellectual contexts of literature production in the Hellenistic period, and examines the relationship between Hellenistic and earlier literature. * Provides a wide ranging critical examination of Hellenistic literature, including the works of well-respected poets alongside lesser-known historical, philosophical, and scientific prose of the period * Explores how the indigenous literatures of Hellenized lands influenced Greek literature and how Greek literature influenced Jewish, Near Eastern, Egyptian, and Roman literary works


List of Maps.
Notes on Contributors.
1. Introduction.
Part I: Contexts.
Part II: Poetry.
Part III: Prose.
Part IV: Neighbors.


James J. Clauss is Professor of Classics at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is the author of The Best of the Argonauts: The Redefinition of the Epic Hero in Book 1 of Apollonius' Argonautica (1993), the co-editor of Medea: Essays on Medea in Myth, Literature, Philosophy, and Art (1997), and the co-translator of Rome and Environs: an Archaeological Guide by Filippo Coarelli (2007). Martine Cuypers is Lecturer in Greek at Trinity College Dublin. She is the author of a forthcoming commentary on Apollonius Rhodius' Argonautica and co-editor of Beginning from Apollo: Studies in Apollonius and the Argonautic Tradition (2005). She also maintains the online Hellenistic Bibliography.


"Particularly notable are the concluding four chapters, on cross-cultural influence and exchange with western Asia, the Jewish world, Egyptian literature, and the early Roman world. Throughout the volume, individual authors and works are described in detail, with excerpts occurring frequently in the Greek original followed by English translation. Written to be accessible to advanced language students and the non-specialist, with many references to current events and media for context, the scholarship of this work is very high, making the volume be a resource for scholars as well." (Book News Inc, November 2010)
EAN: 9781405136792
ISBN: 1405136790
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2010
Seitenanzahl: 550 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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