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Herodas : Mimes and Fragments - A.D.Headlam, ;Walter Knox


Mimes and Fragments

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The surviving short mimes of Hero(n)das share much of their aims and background with the Alexandrian poetry of the first half of the third century BC, especially that of Callimachus and Theocritus. They are at once acutely aware of their literary ancestry, their choliambic meter based on archaic Hipponax, their genre on the traditions of Sophron, and their characters largely on the stock of New Comedy. They are literary and learned pieces but at the same time purport to present 'real life', particularly its seamier side - the bawd, the brothel-keeper, the purveyor of leather dildos. The mimes, comparable with but also interestingly different from the hexameter town mimes of Theocritus (and the Iamboi of Callimachus), present comic vignettes of life in Cos and Alexandria.
The exhaustive work of Walter Headlam, edited and expanded after his death by S.D. Knox of King's College, Cambridge, was originally published in 1922. It remains the most detailed scholarly commentary in existence. The introduction places the poems in their literary context and discusses the papyrus which provides the basis of our text. All the poems and fragments are translated and the annotation adduces a mass of parallel material to illuminate Herodas' meaning and literary intentions.

Introductionp. ix
Text and Notes
Mime Ip. 1
Mime IIp. 61
Mime IIIp. 109
Mime IVp. 165
Mime Vp. 219
Mime VIp. 273
Mime VIIp. 317
Mime VIIIp. 369
Mime IXp. 401
Mime Xp. 409
Mime XIp. 415
Mime XIIp. 419
Mime XIII--XVp. 423
(Words)p. 427
(Index to Notes: Greek and Latin)p. 446
(Subject Index)p. 455
(Grammar, Metre, Style, Textual Criticism, etc.)p. 460
(Passages illustrated or emended)p. 464
Facsimile of portion of Papyrus CXXXVp. lvii
Table of Contents provided by Rittenhouse. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781853996245
ISBN-10: 1853996246
Series: Classic Commentaries
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 532
Published: 24th August 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.39 x 14.07  x 2.85
Weight (kg): 0.65
Edition Number: 1