By Kathryn Gutzwiller
This booklet is a advisor to the terribly varied literature of the Hellenistic period.A consultant to the literature of the Hellenistic age, from the demise of Alexander the good in 323 BCE to the conflict of Actium in 31 BCProvides overviews of the social, political, highbrow and literary old contexts within which Hellenistic literature was once producedIntroduces the most important writers and genres of the periodProvides information regarding type, meter and languages to assist readers with out previous wisdom of the language in knowing technical elements of literary GreekDistinctive in its insurance of present matters in Hellenistic feedback, together with viewers reception, the political and social heritage, and Hellenistic theories of literature
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Aristophanes (ca. 257–180) produced authoritative editions in the fields of epic, lyric, and dramatic poetry. He advanced the use of punctuation in texts, added accents to his editions of Homer, and invented the system of colometry that still shapes our textual presentation of lyric poetry. His student Aristarchus (ca. 216–144) was famous for his detailed running commentaries on Homer, Hesiod, lyric poetry, tragedy and comedy, and (for the first time) a prose author, Herodotus. In opposition to the allegorizing interpretation of the Pergamene Crates, he followed the practice of ‘‘clarifying Homer from Homer,’’ meaning that he based his interpretations on the poet’s own usage.
The former are found in tragedy and the latter in comedy, but in epic, as in painting, Aristotle allows for a third possibility of persons just like ourselves. This intermediate group, who share with most of humanity a mixture of virtue and vice, receives increased attention from Hellenistic writers. 2007 2:16pm Compositor Name: PDjeapradaban 27 literature – workmen and slaves, middle-class citizens, children, women, and the elderly, even animals (see the cover illustration) – now move to the center.
2007 2:16pm Compositor Name: PDjeapradaban 2 Aesthetics and Style The social and political changes that took place in the aftermath of Alexander’s conquests were accompanied by new aesthetic sensibilities, which led in the early third century to a remarkable period of literary innovation. While the Greek poetry of the archaic and classical eras fascinates and thrills with its depth and grandeur, Hellenistic literature charms and challenges with its more modern realism and intricacy. A complex interaction between specialized poetic expertise and depiction of commonplace human experience is the hallmark of the best and most innovative poetry produced in the courts of Hellenistic kings and queens.
A Guide to Hellenistic Literature (Blackwell Guides to Classical Literature) by Kathryn Gutzwiller