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By Kathryn Gutzwiller

This e-book is a consultant to the terribly different literature of the Hellenistic period.A consultant to the literature of the Hellenistic age, from the demise of Alexander the nice in 323 BCE to the conflict of Actium in 31 BCProvides overviews of the social, political, highbrow and literary old contexts during which Hellenistic literature was once producedIntroduces the most important writers and genres of the periodProvides information regarding type, meter and languages to assist readers without previous wisdom of the language in realizing technical facets of literary GreekDistinctive in its insurance of present concerns in Hellenistic feedback, together with viewers reception, the political and social heritage, and Hellenistic theories of literature

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Eratosthenes’ calculation of the circumference of the earth was made possible by extrapolation from precise measurements made by royal survey expeditions into southern Egypt and Nubia. The astronomer Conon of Samos, much respected by the great mathematician Archimedes of Syracuse, had a court connection, and on one occasion practiced the astronomical hoax of ‘‘discovering’’ a new constellation, the Coma Berenices, to please the monarchs. Ctesibius, an inventor in the area of pneumatic devices, was a native Alexandrian, and the automated figures that appeared in the grand Ptolemaic procession seem to have resulted from advances in pneumatics and other technologies from the early Hellenistic period.

2007 2:16pm Compositor Name: PDjeapradaban AESTHETICS AND STYLE believes Asclepiades and Posidippus among their number), fit the category of those with old-fashioned tastes, like the sculptors of rigid statues rejected by Posidippus. ’’ As examples of such poetry and its opposite, he cites, first, Philitas’ Demeter, apparently a relatively short elegiac poem, which far outweighs the ‘‘tall woman,’’ apparently another Philitan poem longer and heavier in style (though some think Antimachus’ Lyde is meant).

But it was also in the first half of the third century that poets began to plan for the continuing reception of their poetry in book format. Hellenistic poets, some of whom were also editors of earlier authors, invented what are commonly called poetry books, by collecting and artistically arranging their own verse on papyrus rolls. The best surviving examples are Callimachus’ Iambi, Herodas’ Mimiambi, and the newly discovered epigram collection apparently by Posidippus, all known from papyri. It is first in this era, then, that we can be confident poets expected their poems to be read, not just heard in performance, and this new manner of reception surely had an effect on the nature of the compositions.

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