A Companion to Greek Literature (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World)

A Companion to Greek Literature (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World)

Language: English

Pages: 810

ISBN: 2:00319651

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

A Companion to Greek Literature presents a comprehensive introduction to the wide range of texts and literary forms produced in the Greek language over the course of a millennium beginning from the 6th century BCE up to the early years of the Byzantine Empire.

• Features contributions from a wide range of established experts and emerging scholars of Greek literature
• Offers comprehensive coverage of the many genres and literary forms produced by the ancient Greeks--including epic and lyric poetry, oratory, historiography, biography, philosophy, the novel, and technical literature
• Includes readings that address the production and transmission of ancient Greek texts, historic reception, individual authors, and much more
• Explores the subject of ancient Greek literature in innovative ways





















which are a typical feature of inscriptional verse. If we stand in front of a tomb or votive offering, the reference of local adverbs such as ἐνθάδε or demonstrative pronouns such as τόδε is immediately manifest; if we encounter the same words on the written page, it is up to our imagination to picture the locale or object in question. In the terminology of Karl Bühler, the genre’s detachment from stone involved a transformation of the poems’ demonstratio ad oculos to a Deixis am Phantasma (Meyer

the Funeral Oration of 323, parts of which survive. After the Greek defeat in the Lamian War Hyperides was executed by Antipater, who supposedly ordered that his tongue be cut out. Seventy-seven speeches under his name were known to later critics, who judged 50 genuine. These were lost until papyrus fragments of six speeches were discovered between 1847 and 1892, including parts of the speech against Demosthenes. More recently, fragments of his speeches Against Timandrus and Against Diondas have

probably rested on generous arrangements for the festival, both in the importance it was accorded in civic life and in providing prestigious prizes for the poets who contributed to it. The Gymnopaedia mentioned by Ps.-Plutarch were a festival centered on competitions – agones – e.g. between choirs of older men, adults or boys. Comparable competitions were offered at other festivals, for example the Carneia, an annual festival sacred to Apollo; every fifth year it was conducted with special

a Phrygian tune is another aristocratic touch, evoking at once elite musical sophistication and privileged access to high-status Anatolian exotica. But unlike in the restricted sympotic context, the chorus promises to publicize such cultural prestige through its damomata. Similarly, in Alcman’s partheneia ‘maiden songs’, aristocratic self-regard and civic consciousness easily coexist. The chorus of Partheneion 1 (cf. Wells ch. 10, pp. 162–3; Willi ch. 29, pp. 449–50 in this volume) celebrates

promoted scholarship and were the patrons of poets, historians, and intellectuals, the same can be said of the Antigonids in the Macedonian capital of Pella, and the Attalids in the hilltop kingdom of Pergamon.20 Political rivalries manifested in cultural as well as political and military conflicts. Thus, the conspicuous display of Greek culture was driven in part by inter-state (and inter-city) competition, and this in turn leads us to ask why it is that Alexandria remains uppermost in

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