By Kathryn Gutzwiller
This publication is a consultant to the terribly various literature of the Hellenistic period.
A advisor to the literature of the Hellenistic age, from the dying of Alexander the good in 323 BCE to the conflict of Actium in 31 BC* offers overviews of the social, political, highbrow and literary ancient contexts during which Hellenistic literature was once produced.
Introduces the most important writers and genres of the period.
Provides information regarding kind, meter and languages to help readers with out previous wisdom of the language in realizing technical elements of literary Greek.
Distinctive 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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The followers of Euclid, if not the geometer himself, were resident in Alexandria, as was the mathematician 24 HISTORY AND CULTURE Apollonius of Perge. The advances in anatomy made by the physician Herophilus resulted from dissection of corpses supplied by the Ptolemies, who even allowed vivisection as a means of executing condemned criminals. 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.
4 Attalid Pergamum Pergamum, a city in Mysia in northwestern Asia Minor, became the center of an independent kingdom during the third century. The Attalid kings who ruled there are important as rivals to the Ptolemies in intellectual and scholarly pursuits, for their development of a baroque style in art, and for their transmission of Hellenistic culture to Rome. From 302 Pergamum was administered for Lysimachus by the eunuch Philetaerus, who was entrusted with the Diadoch’s treasury. Shrewdly defecting to Seleucus I in 283, Philetaerus became a Seleucid vassal after Lysimachus’ death in battle in 281 but retained his treasury as the basis of Pergamene wealth.
Even a poet from the Antigonid capital of Pella, the epigrammatist Posidippus (Ch. 6), praised the Ptolemies as the legitimate heirs to the Persian empire of Alexander in an epigram collection recently recovered on a papyrus bookroll. The character of this Alexandrian poetry is closely related to the aesthetic tastes of the court for which it was created, while other writings reveal the interests of the Ptolemies in scientific and scholarly pursuits. For instance, Eratosthenes of Cyrene (Ch. 1), the tutor of the young Ptolemy IV Philopator, addressed a letter containing his solution for a long-standing mathematical problem to his pupil’s father, and Agatharchides of Cnidus (Ch.