Supplying extraordinary scope, A spouse 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 previous literature. presents a panoramic severe exam of Hellenistic literature, together with the works of well–respected poets along lesser–known old, philosophical, and clinical prose of the interval Explores how the indigenous literatures of Hellenized lands stimulated Greek literature and the way Greek literature prompted Jewish, close to jap, Egyptian, and Roman literary works.
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Philippides’ services to the city are not limited to soliciting these favors from the king in which the king himself is the chief benefactor. Philippides is clearly a very rich man and repeatedly used his wealth on behalf of the city. In addition to paying the cost of the burial of the Athenian dead at Ipsus and providing money for the repatriation of survivors, he spent a considerable amount on contests and sacrifices in Athens. Noticeably absent from the inscription is any explicit reference to his successful career as a dramatist, although it is alluded to by the decision to crown him during the Great Dionysia and to place a bronze statue of him in the theatre (SIG 3 374; Bagnall and Derow 2004: no.
On the European side of the Hellespont Alexander paid his respects at the sanctuary of the hero Protesilaus, the first man ashore in the campaign against Troy. In doing this he recalled the heroic age while also contrasting his own religious observance with the earlier Persian desecration of the shrine (Hdt. 116–20). S. 17; Arr. An. 5; Stewart 1993: 78). Imitation here blurs the boundaries between history and myth, literature and life. This evocation of the Iliad and the age of heroes is further reinforced by a visit to Troy.
Jewish writers penned dramas, epics, ktisis tales, histories, letters, and dialogues, and through these insinuated themselves brilliantly into Greek cultural history and reached out to an increasingly Greek-speaking Jewish population in diaspora (Gruen). A similar ploy can be seen in the Alexander Romance, in its origin a product of Ptolemaic Egypt, where Nectanebo, the last pharaoh of Egypt, goes to the court of Philip II and impregnates Olympias with Alexander, persuading her that she would be sleeping with Amun.
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