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A Companion to Hellenistic Literature

Delivering extraordinary scope, A significant other to Hellenistic Literature in 30 newly commissioned essays explores the social and highbrow contexts of literature creation within the Hellenistic interval, and examines the connection among Hellenistic and prior literature. offers a panoramic serious exam of Hellenistic literature, together with the works of well–respected poets along lesser–known historic, philosophical, and clinical prose of the interval Explores how the indigenous literatures of Hellenized lands encouraged Greek literature and the way Greek literature inspired Jewish, close to jap, Egyptian, and Roman literary works.

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Antipater, Craterus, and Perdiccas must number amongst the political and military heavyweights at the end of Alexander’s reign but none made effective use of the new situation and all were dead within four years of Alexander’s own death, the result of old age, battle, and mutiny respectively. Eumenes, who had been victorious over Craterus, went on to achieve significant success despite being Greek rather than Macedonian, until he himself succumbed to Antigonus Monopthalmus. 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.

Just like Theocritus’ hexameter ‘‘urban mimes’’ (Idylls 2, 14, and 15), they address an audience equipped to appreciate complex allusions and philological games, and they likewise seem to support a Ptolemaic cultural agenda. They are, in fact, far removed from the anonymous ‘‘popular’’ mimes which were performed by traveling troops throughout Hellenistic Egypt. These, as fragmentary scripts and related documents testify, drew their effect from various combinations of scripted dialogue, improvisation, music, song, and dance.

The patronage of writers and intellectuals was not new among rulers, not even among Macedonians; Archelaus, the fifth-century Macedonian king, had played host to Euripides and Philip II had employed Aristotle as tutor to Alexander. But this Ptolemaic venture was on an unprecedented scale, so much so that it was in effect something quite different: this was institutional patronage that continued from generation to generation. From Alexander to Augustus 23 The Ptolemies no doubt did seek the kudos that comes from patronage just as their predecessors had, but they were also driven by their own particular situation.

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