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Theocritus and the Archaeology of Greek Poetry (Hardback)
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Theocritus and the Archaeology of Greek Poetry (Hardback)

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Hardback 220 Pages / Published: 14/03/1996
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The poems of Theocritus are our best witness to a brilliant poetic culture that flourished in the first half of the third century BC. This book considers the context from which these poems grew and, in particular, the manner in which they engage with and recreate the poetic forms of the Greek archaic age. The focus is not on the familiar bucolic poems of Theocritus, but on the hymns, mimes and erotic poems of the second half of the corpus. Recent papyri have greatly increased our understanding of how Theocritus read archaic poetry, and these discoveries are fully exploited in a set of readings which will change the way we look at Hellenistic poetry.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521560405
Number of pages: 220
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"The book is well written and excellently researched." N.J. Nicholson, Vhoice
"...Hunter's book is rich in insights and individual observations. This book is a serious and insight-laden piece of scholarship that will reward careful study by anyone interested in Hellenistic poetry...Hunter's book provides a useful case study for the interaction of literary qppropriation and generic experimentation in one of that period's best preserved poets." International Journal of the Classical Tradition

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