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The Resource The poets of Alexandria, Susan A. Stephens

The poets of Alexandria, Susan A. Stephens

Label
The poets of Alexandria
Title
The poets of Alexandria
Statement of responsibility
Susan A. Stephens
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Alexandria was the greatest of the new cities founded by Alexander the Great as his armies swept eastward. It was ruled by his successors, the Ptolemies, who presided over one of the richest and most productive periods in the whole of Greek literature. Susan A Stephens here reveals a cultural world in transition: reverential of the compositions of the past (especially after construction of the great library, repository for all previous Greek oeuvres), but at the same time forward-looking and experimental, willing to make use of previous forms of writing in exciting new ways. The author examines Alexandria's poets in turn. She discusses the strikingly avant-garde Aetia of Callimachus; the idealized pastoral forms of Theocritus (which anticipated the invention of fiction); and the neo-Homerian epic of Apollonius, the Argonautica, with its impressive combination of narrative grandeur and psychological acuity. She shows that all three poets were innovators, even while they looked to the past for inspiration: drawing upon Homer, Hesiod, Pindar and the lyric poets, they emphasized stories and material that were entirely relevant to their own progressive cosmopolitan environment
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Stephens, Susan A
Dewey number
881/.0109
Illustrations
maps
Index
index present
LC call number
PA3084.P7
LC item number
S74 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Callimachus
  • Posidippus
  • Theocritus
  • Apollonius
  • Greek poetry, Hellenistic
  • Poetics
Label
The poets of Alexandria, Susan A. Stephens
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 177-183) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
MSTDDAPRINT1029206464
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xiii, 194 pages
Isbn
9781848858800
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
maps
Label
The poets of Alexandria, Susan A. Stephens
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 177-183) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
MSTDDAPRINT1029206464
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xiii, 194 pages
Isbn
9781848858800
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
maps

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