By James J. Clauss, Martine Cuypers
Delivering unprecedented scope, A better half to Hellenistic Literature in 30 newly commissioned essays explores the social and highbrow contexts of literature construction within the Hellenistic interval, and examines the connection among Hellenistic and prior literature. offers a breathtaking severe 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 motivated Greek literature and the way Greek literature motivated Jewish, close to jap, Egyptian, and Roman literary works
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Polyperchon, entrusted with Alexander IV and Philip Arrhidaeus by Antipater, failed to follow up this advantage and was soon bettered by Antipater’s son Cassander. Kingship did not save Philip Arrhidaeus and his wife Eurydice, who met their end at the hands of Philip’s stepmother Olympias. She in turn was executed by Cassander. Few would have predicted that within fifteen years of Alexander’s death the leading figures in this Macedonian Empire would have been Antigonus, Cassander, Ptolemy, Lysimachus, and Seleucus.
In this way Hellenistic literature turns literary chronology on its head. Hellenistic hymnal and encomiastic poems raise many thorny questions, first and foremost regarding their context and function. While earlier praise poems, from the Homeric Hymns to Simonides’ encomia, were first and foremost scripts to be performed at some sort of public occasion, many of their Hellenistic incarnations are more redolent of the library than the festival (Bulloch). The borders between hymn, encomium, and epyllion are often blurred, as gods, heroes, and kings are matched up in poems that praise but also, as in mythological epic, show their subjects’ human side.
Where Alexander monotonously founded cities bearing his own name, Seleucus is thinking dynastically. It is not the name of Seleucus alone that is being stamped across From Alexander to Augustus 25 his empire but those of his relatives as well, both male and female; thus the dynasty and the land they control become one. The other theme that emerges from the nomenclature of the cities is nostalgia for the homeland, as Greece and Macedon are built anew in the East. This phenomenon recalls the Ptolemies’ desire to lay claim to their Greek heritage through their library.
A Companion to Hellenistic Literature by James J. Clauss, Martine Cuypers