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Theocritus and the Archaeology of Greek Poetry

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ISBN-10: 0521560403

ISBN-13: 9780521560405

Edition: 1996

Authors: Richard L. Hunter

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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.
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Book details

List price: $69.99
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/14/1996
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 220
Size: 5.98" wide x 9.02" long x 0.63" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

List of conventions and abbreviations
Locating the site
-All the twos-: Idyll 22
Idyll 16: poet and patron
Idyll 15: imitations of mortality
Idyll 18 and the lyric past
For the love of boys: Idylls 12, 29 and 30
General index
Index of passages discussed