Theocritus and the Archaeology of Greek Poetry by Richard HunterTheocritus and the Archaeology of Greek Poetry by Richard Hunter

Theocritus and the Archaeology of Greek Poetry

byRichard Hunter

Paperback | December 14, 2006

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This book focuses on the hymns, mimes and erotic poems of the Greek poet Theocritus, and examines how Theocritus uses the traditions of earlier Greek poetry to recreate past forms in a way that exploits the new conditions under which poetry was written in the third century BC. Recent papyri have greatly increased our understanding of how Theocritus read archaic poetry, and these new discoveries are fully drawn on in a set of readings that will change the way we look at Hellenistic poetry.
Title:Theocritus and the Archaeology of Greek PoetryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:220 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.51 inPublished:December 14, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521035260

ISBN - 13:9780521035262


Table of Contents

Preface; List of conventions and abbreviations; 1. Locating the site; 2. 'All the twos': Idyll 22; 3. Idyll 16: poet and patron; 4. Idyll 15: imitations of mortality; 5. Idyll 18 and the lyric past; 6. For the love of boys: Idylls 12, 29 and 30; Epilogue; Bibliography; General index; Index of passages discussed.

Editorial Reviews

"...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