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By Kathryn Gutzwiller

This ebook is a consultant to the terribly diversified literature of the Hellenistic period.A consultant to the literature of the Hellenistic age, from the loss of life of Alexander the nice in 323 BCE to the conflict of Actium in 31 BCProvides overviews of the social, political, highbrow and literary ancient contexts during which Hellenistic literature used to be producedIntroduces the most important writers and genres of the periodProvides information regarding variety, meter and languages to help readers with out previous wisdom of the language in figuring out technical facets of literary GreekDistinctive in its insurance of present concerns in Hellenistic feedback, together with viewers reception, the political and social history, and Hellenistic theories of literature

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Cleopatra is said to have presented herself to Julius Caesar rolled in a carpet, and their liaison led to the birth of a son called Caesarion. Living in Rome with Caesar at the time of his assassination in 44, she quickly withdrew to Egypt to consolidate her power by murdering her younger brother and consort. She developed an even stronger hold on Mark Antony, with whom she began a decade-long relationship in 41. She presented him with three children, and he eventually divorced his Roman wife for her.

For instance, Philetaerus constructed a shrine of the Muses at Helicon in Boeotia, and Athens benefited from two stoas, one built by Eumenes II on the Acropolis slope and one by Attalus II in the agora. These two rulers, who were brothers, also constructed a temple for the cult of their mother Apollonis in her hometown of Cyzicus and decorated it with art depicting mythical stories of filial devotion. The rulers of Pergamum differed from other Hellenistic monarchs in a number of ways. 3 Dancing Satyr, Roman copy of Hellenistic original, ca.

Literary scholarship, as we understand the activity today, is in origin largely a product of the Alexandrian Museum and Library. Desiring to preserve inherited Greek culture, the early Ptolemies used the immense wealth of Egypt to support the systematic collection, cataloguing, and study of literary texts. The learned men who gathered at the Museum in Alexandria produced the first scholarly editions of earlier authors, studied the meanings and forms of words, wrote running commentaries on important works, and composed treatises on literary problems.

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