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Hellenistic Poetry : Clarendon Paperbacks - G. O. Hutchinson

Hellenistic Poetry

Clarendon Paperbacks

Paperback Published: 10th May 1990
ISBN: 9780198147480
Number Of Pages: 472

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The work of the Hellenistic poets in the third century BC has not only an important place in Greek literature, but also a particular significance for Latin poetry. Despite much technical work on the texts and language of these authors - Theocritus, Callimachus, Apollonius Rhodius, and others - previous literary criticism on most of the major figures is limited in quantity and scope. In this new paperback edition, Dr Hutchinson explores the work of the individual writers in turn, while developing a general conception of the poetry as a whole, centred around the poets' handling of tone, level, and form. The book culminates in the presentation of a fresh approach to the influence of Hellenistic poets in Rome. All quotations in Greek or Latin have been translated by the author.

`How seldom it is that a reviewer can truthfully utter the cliché, that a book meets a long felt need ... we have until now lacked an up-to-date book combining broad sweep and detailed scholarship ... this is a remarkable book, full of fresh thought and unparaded learning, from which we all have much to learn.' Times Higher Education Supplement 'the work is admirably scholarly and will repay the serious attention of all those interested in the area' Bruce W. Mitchell, Classical Review 'To his task H. brings important advantages: an enviable knowledge of Greek and Greek literature, real enthusiasm for what he is doing, and a very proper regard for what we cannot know about Greek literary history. There is much here that was worth saying, some of it genuinely enlightening.' Richard Hunter, Pembroke College, Cambridge, Journal of Hellenic Studies, CX 90

Abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Literary history and Hellenistic poetry: contemporary backgroundsp. 2
Classical literature, and poetry 400-280 BCp. 10
Callimachusp. 26
C. and learningp. 26
C. and seriousnessp. 32
Aetiap. 40
Iambip. 48
Hecalep. 56
Hymnsp. 63
Epigramsp. 71
C.'s writing on his own poetryp. 77
Apolloniusp. 85
A. and Callimachusp. 86
Unity and structure: simpler cohesion, the idea of returnp. 96
Stranger cohesion, Book 3p. 104
Jasonp. 106
Medeap. 116
Book 4p. 121
Theocritusp. 143
Contrasts of tone, and relation to form: poems without songsp. 160
Poems with songsp. 170
Th. and Apollonius, and Callimachusp. 190
Poem 7p. 201
Other Poetsp. 214
Aratusp. 214
Herodasp. 236
Lycophronp. 257
Asclepiadesp. 264
Roman Poetryp. 277
Role of Callimachus' pronouncementsp. 277
Treatments of prologue to Aetiap. 283
Catullus' 'long poems'p. 296
Virgilp. 325
Ovid, Metamorphosesp. 329
Bibliographyp. 355
Indexesp. 363
General Indexp. 363
Index Of Passages And Works Discussedp. 371
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ISBN: 9780198147480
ISBN-10: 0198147481
Series: Clarendon Paperbacks
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 472
Published: 10th May 1990
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.72 x 14.07  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.52