Archestratos of Gela: Greek Culture and Cuisine in the Fourth Century BC: Text, Translation, and…

Hardcover | February 24, 2000

Editor.. Archestratos of GelabyS. Douglas Olson, Alexander Sens

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Archestratos of Gela was the author of a mock-epic poem, most likely entitled the Hedupatheia or Life of Luxury, that presented itself as a gastronomic tour of the Mediterranean world. Written sometime in the first two-thirds of the fourth century BCE, the Hedupatheia was widely read in thelate classical and early Hellenistic periods and was translated into Latin by Ennius, through whom it influenced the work of later Roman poets including Horace. It survives today in fragments totalling about 330 lines. The Hedupatheia is a fundamental source for our understanding not only offourth-century literature but also of the significance of food and dining and the reception of epic poetry in late classical society. This edition is based on a fresh examination of the manuscripts and is the first to combine an authoritative critical text of the fragments with a translation, adetailed philological and historical commentary, and an extensive introduction situating the poem in its literary, social, and cultural context.

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Archestratos of Gela was the author of a mock-epic poem, most likely entitled the Hedupatheia or Life of Luxury, that presented itself as a gastronomic tour of the Mediterranean world. Written sometime in the first two-thirds of the fourth century BCE, the Hedupatheia was widely read in thelate classical and early Hellenistic periods a...

S. Douglas Olson is at University of Minnesota. Alexander Sens is at Georgetown University.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:February 24, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199240086

ISBN - 13:9780199240081

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`Others' opinions are weighed or disputed with courtesy, possible alleys of further investigation are signposted punctiliously, the prose is clear, a theoretical superstructure never obtrudes. As Athenaeus is the next Big Thing ... the book should be obtained, though the price is more suitedto the budget of a library than an amateur.'Petits Propos Culinaires (PPC)