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By James J. Clauss, Martine Cuypers

Supplying exceptional scope, A significant other 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. offers a breathtaking serious 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 encouraged Greek literature and the way Greek literature inspired Jewish, close to japanese, Egyptian, and Roman literary works

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Alexander was not only leading a campaign against the Persians, he was also leading a return to the age of heroes (Plu. Alex. 15, Arr. An. 11–12; Erskine 2001: 227–30). Alexander’s journey across Asia to the river Indus can be portrayed as a drunken orgy of killing and destruction, yet quality reading material was a necessary accompaniment. Even in the furthest reaches of Asia Alexander did not forget his Greek literature, and he is reported to have dispatched an instruction to Harpalus to send him some books.

Features of some pre-Polybian histories can be gleaned from Polybius’ criticism of them, even if, as in the case of Callimachus’ Aetia prologue, we should perhaps be slightly wary Introduction 11 of Polybius’ insistence that the ‘‘dramatic’’ and ‘‘universal’’ histories of his predecessors were much inferior to his own Thucydidean ‘‘pragmatic’’ history. Not only do veridical polemics come with the territory, many of Polybius’ predecessors also worked in a different tradition, which privileged romantic storytelling, exoticism, and wonder.

Among other allusions to Alexander’s great city, Augustus built a magnificent mausoleum in imitation of the great Macedonian general’s tomb, in front of Introduction 13 which stood two obelisks. He also commissioned a monumental Horologium whose gnomon was another obelisk, and to his home he added a temple to Apollo and libraries, an obvious nod to the Alexandrian Library and Museum. It seems fitting, therefore, that Medieval and Renaissance Europe would become acquainted with Hellenistic literature primarily through Rome.

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