Aitia 7.1

Une nouvelle livraison de la revue Aitia : http://aitia.revues.org/1669 

Tradition et nouveauté à l’époque hellénistique

Sous la direction de Andrew FAULKNER

L’originalité, cette nouveauté par rapport à la tradition, est un leitmotiv de la littérature hellénistique qui sera par la suite adopté par les écrivains romains. Il semble que l’on ait accordé une importance plus nette à l’innovation littéraire dans le milieu de plus en plus livresque de l’époque hellénistique. Les articles réunis dans le présent numéro explorent de différents points de vue la thématique de la nouveauté et de la tradition chez des auteurs hellénistiques, ainsi que la réception de la littérature et de l’art hellénistiques, à titre de symbole de la nouveauté, à l’ère impériale.

Originality, that is some kind of novelty in relation to tradition, is a leitmotiv in Hellenistic literature which was later adopted by Roman writers. An always greater importance seems to have been accorded to literary innovation in the more and more bookish milieu of the Hellenistic period. The papers in this issue explore the themes of novelty and tradition among Hellenistic authors from different points of view, as well as the reception of Hellenistic literature and art as a symbol of novelty, during the imperial era.

Andrew FAULKNER

Past and Present in Hellenistic Poetry

M.A. Harder, R.F. Regtuit & G.C. Wakker (eds)

Hellenistica Groningana 21

X-283 p.
ISBN 978-90-429-3321-7
76 euro


Summary:
The papers in this volume show how the past ‘is present’ in a variety of forms and contexts in the work of the Hellenistic poets and how these poets cannot escape dealing with it in depth, often in a creative and intriguing manner, which may help to give further meaning to the present as well. Some papers discuss the subject of past and present from a general point of view, others deal with issues of literary tradition and intertextuality or discuss the connections between past and present as they are used and established on an ideological level. The papers show that the past, though almost ‘omnipresent’, is never used in a purely antiquarian way. The Hellenistic poets clearly manage to link it to the present in a meaningful way and are able to use it to establish their own position in the literary tradition as well as in issues of ideological importance.

 

http://www.peeters-leuven.be/boekoverz.asp?nr=10091

Localism in the Hellenistic World

 

The Waterloo Institute for Hellenistic Studies and the Parochial Polis Research Network at McGill University will jointly host a conference on “Localism in the Hellenistic World” in April 2018. The Hellenistic period is generally seen as a time of expanded horizons and shifting frontiers, with a diffusion of Greek culture throughout the Mediterranean and the Near East unprecedented in any previous era. At the same time, the local world remained a primary frame of reference, however defined or experienced. In the shadow of omnipresent connectivity and exchange, many communities fostered an identity of place. They articulated a particular type of localism. This call for papers invites interested parties working in any field to submit an abstract for a paper exploring the phenomenon of localism in the Hellenistic period. We anticipate participation from scholars working in the areas of political and social history, philology, material culture, religion, philosophy, historical anthropology, and the other sub-disciplines of our field. A public keynote lecture and reception will be held on the evening of the opening day.

 

Abstracts should be about 300 words in length, and should be submitted electronically to Sheila Ager (sager@uwaterloo.ca) and Hans Beck (hans.beck@mcgill.ca).

 

Note: The organizers have secured base funding for the event. An application to SSHRC as part of its Connection Grants program is in preparation. If successful, travel and accommodation expenses will be covered in full.

 

Due date for submission of abstracts: 1 July 2017.

Event date: 26-28 April 2018.

Venue: Delta Hotel, 110 Erb Street West, Waterloo ON N2L 0C6.

 

Waterloo Institute for Hellenistic Studies: https://uwaterloo.ca/waterloo-institute-for-hellenistic-studies/.

Parochial Polis Research Network: http://www.hansbeck.org/local/.

Ovide / Théocrite

Contre Ibis

Suivi de la Syrinx de Théocrite

Traduit et commenté par : Olivier SERS, Texte établi par : Jacques ANDRÉ, Félix BUFFIÈRE

Quel est le point de rencontre improbable, locus communis rassemblant mnémotechniquement Théocrite, Callimaque, Apollonius de Rhodes, Ovide, L.-F. Céline et J.-P. Sartre ? Qu’arriva-t-il au gracieux poète de l’Art d’aimer pour qu’il entreprenne à cinquante ans d’évoquer en 388 vers plus de 230 tortionnaires ou suppliciés par plus de cent genres de supplices différents, en usant dans deux cas sur trois de définitions par énigmes ? Comment put-il y parvenir ? Les antiques furent-ils oulipiens ? Leur mémoire survitaminée ?

Olivier Sers répond à toutes ces questions et à bien d’autres dans son introduction à sa traduction du Contre Ibis. Établie vers pour vers (alexandrin, décasyllabe), celle-ci dévoile à droite du texte, en italiques, les noms exprimés par énigmes. Lui font suite le texte du calligramme de Théocrite La Syrinx, dont les liens avec l’Ibis sont pour la première fois mis en lumière, un bilan des supplices, et un copieux index des noms propres, l’ensemble fournissant toutes informations utiles sur les anecdotes évoquées, leur contexte, les techniques de codage employées par le poète, et les mobiles de sa reconversion inattendue dans l’oulipisme.

  • EAN13 : 9782251446547

Dévorer/dépenser dans le monde hellénistique et romain

 

Université François-Rabelais Tours, 30 et 31 mars 2017

JEUDI 30 MARS 2017

Accueil des participants.  Ouverture du colloque.

Enjeux poétiques et génériques

Christophe Cusset (ENS Lyon) : Décoration, genre et poétique dans l’Hymne à Déméter de Callimaque

Liza Méry (Poitiers) : « Si les femmes existaient pas, on aurait tout pour que dalle. Mais en vrai, c’est comme pisser chaud et boire froid»: dévorer/dépenser dans le Satiricon de Pétrone.

Enjeux éthiques, économiques, politiques

Étienne Helmer (Porto Rico): De la perte au gain : approches éthiques et économiques de la dépense chez Diogène le cynique et Philodème de Gadara.

Marie-Rose Guelfucci (Besançon): L’argent et la corruption politique au IIe siècle av. J.-C. Principes de philosophie politique et réalités.

Gerbert Bouyssou (Université de Polynésie française): Le tyran ou les métamorphoses du pouvoir glouton.

Fernand Delarue (Poitiers): Caton l’Ancien et la dépense

Pauline Duchêne (Paris Ouest Nanterre): Vitellius, empereur dévoreur.

Florence Garambois-Vasquez (Saint-Etienne): La frugalité comme métaphore de la légitimité du pouvoir chez Claudien.

VENDREDI 31 MARS 2017

Approches linguistiques/anthropologiques

William Short (San Antonio): Growing wealth: husbandry metaphors of money lending in latin.

Pascale Rey-Paré (Lyon 3): Réduire, liquider, dévorer, consommer, manger, absorber : aperçu des croisements lexicaux chez Sénèque.

Enjeux philosophiques

Marie Humeau (Paris Ouest-Nanterre): Consommer/consumer sa vie : le temps comme nourriture dans l’écriture de Sénèque.

Jean-Philippe Guez (Poitiers): Plutarque, Aelius Aristide et la « monnaie » du langage.

Alexandra Kovacs (Besançon): Le carnivore insatiable : luxe et alimentation carnée chez Plutarque.

Michel Briand (Poitiers): Voracité et avidité dans Le Banquet ou les Lapithes de Lucien : enjeux esthétiques et philosophiques

Autour de la comédie latine

Monique Crampon (Amiens): Rem comedere/aliquem uorare: l’image de la manducation dans l’expression du gaspillage et de l’escroquerie chez Plaute.

Olivier Szerwiniack (Amiens):Dévorer, dépenser dans la littérature latine : de la condamnation à la recommandation.

Tatiana Taous (Nice): Gloutonnerie et avarice : le témoignage du latin dans l’élaboration d’archétypes littéraires antiques.

Colloque Dévorer dépenser 30-31 mars Programme

La Macédoine classique et hellénistique

Conférences d’Emmanuel Voutiras (Professeur à l’Université de Thessalonique) à l’EPHE

La Macédoine classique et hellénistique à travers les sculptures et les inscriptions

• Dans la conférence de Denis Rousset

Mardi 7 mars, de 10h à 12h – EPHE Sorbonne, Esc. E, Salle Delamarre Histoire et épigraphie de la Macédoine au Ve s. et au IVe s. av. J.-C.

Mardi 14 mars, de 10h à 12h – EPHE Sorbonne, Esc. E, Salle Delamarre Histoire et épigraphie de laMacédoine sous les Antigonides

 

• Dans la conférence de François Queyrel

Vendredi 17 mars, de 9h45 à 11h45 – 2, rue Vivienne, Salle Fabri de Peiresc, à l’INHA La sculpture dans la Macédoine classique

Vendredi 24 mars, de 9h45 à 11h45 – 2, rue Vivienne, Salle Fabri de Peiresc, à l’INHA La sculpture dans la Macédoine hellénistique

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Groningen Workshop on Hellenistic Poetry, September 12-14, 2017

Theme: Callimachus Revisited: New Perspectives in Callimachean Scholarship 

Location: Groningen University, The Netherlands

Organising committee: Jacqueline Klooster, RUG; Martine Cuypers, Trinity College Dublin.

The Groningen Workshops on Hellenistic Poetry have over the past 25 years provided an important venue for the presentation of new ideas in the field of Hellenistic poetry. In September 2017 the instigator and organizer of these workshops, Professor Annette Harder, will be retiring from the University of Groningen, which means that an end of the workshops in their present form is imminent.

To honor Annette Harder and fittingly celebrate her career in the service of Hellenistic poetry, whose acme has undoubtedly been the publication of a monumental new edition of Callimachus’ Aetia (OUP 2012), we are organizing a final Groningen Workshop entitled,’Callimachus Revisited’, on September 12-14, 2017. 

Callimachus formed the focus of the first Groningen workshop in 1992, and was revisited in 2002. It seems fitting to close the series by returning to this central poet once more, ask how our understanding of Callimachus has developed over the past 25 years, and consider future directions.

The workshop will co-incide with Annette Harder’s Valedictory Lecture, on 14 September, 2017. 

Unlike previous editions, there has been no open Call for Papers this year, as all speakers have been especially selected for this special occasion to reflect the history of the workshop. Confirmed speakers: Richard Hunter, James Clauss, Alex Sens, Peter Bing, Susan Stephens, Damien Nelis, Benjamin-Acosta Hughes, Adolf Köhnken, Ewen Bowie, Jackie Murray, Robert Kirstein, Jan Kwapisz, Frederick Williams, Evian Sistakou, Kathryn Gutzwiller, Floris Overduin.

To participate, as respondent to one of the papers, or as an auditor, please fill in the application form before May 31, 2017:

http://www.rug.nl/let/organization/bestuur-afdelingen-en-medewerkers/afdelingen/afdeling-gltc/hellenisticpoetry/

If you would like to respond to one of the papers, please say so in the section ‘further remarks’, and we will get in touch about the possibilities.

A conference fee of 100 euro (staff) / 50 euro (students) applies.

Should you wish any further information, please contact Sean McGrath (s.e.mcgrath@rug.nl) or Jacqueline Klooster J.J.H.Klooster (J.J.H.Klooster@rug.nl).

Religious Interactions in the Hellenistic World

International Conference

The Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies – Oxford,

Lecture Theatre 18-19 March 2017

Organisers: Dr Sofia Kravaritou & Dr Maria Stamatopoulou

Info: sofia.kravaritou@classics.ox.ac.uk;maria.stamatopoulou@classics.ox.ac.uk

Connecting people or promoting diversity? Endorsing diplomatic affinities among empires and local communities by forging social bonds between ethnically and culturally diverse people, or instigating social conflicts based on varied group identities within major urban centres? What was the driving force in communicating and sharing heterogeneous cult practices and beliefs among the populations of the Hellenistic World? The conference will discuss how and whether religious interactions helped achieve a successful operation of institutions and whether they contributed to the cohesion of the peoples in the Hellenistic empires. The area covered stretches from Sicily and Italy to Bactria.

The issues that will be addressed include: the role of cult practices and religious beliefs in the emergence and development of the socio-political and cultural interface of the Hellenistic World; how and whether rulers promoted religious interactions in order to achieve social cohesion; what were the major effects of the social policies and initiatives related to cult affairs that were implemented by non-royal social agents; the development of shared cult practices among ethnically and culturally diverse agents and cult participants as a key factor in acculturation processes in metropoleis and smaller communities; the evolution of religious institutions and sacred spaces both in local and regional socio-cultural contexts; the role of interconnectivity and communication networks; religious diversity and modes of exchange between Greek and non-Greek traditions of religious practice and thought; the nature and motivation behind the wide distribution of certain deities and cult practices; the role of private groups and associations; one’s gods and the gods of the others  ̶  perception of self and the ‘other’ as a medium of self-representation within the Hellenistic cosmos.

Attendance – Info

    • Attendance is free for all Oxford university members, staff and students. In order to have a sense of numbers, and ensure that we adhere to Fire Regulation restrictions we would appreciate it if you could contact us to inform us if you are planning to attend.
    • ttendance is free for all Oxford university members, staff and students. In order to have a sense of numbers, and ensure that we adhere to Fire Regulation restrictions we would appreciate it if you could contact us to inform us if you are planning to attend.

 

Conférence sur le dialecte dorien chez Callimaque

Dans le cadre d’une journée d’étude sur la linguistique grecque et latine organisée à la Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée (MOM) le vendredi 20 janvier 2017, M. Alcorac Alonzo Deniz (CNRS, HiSoMA) fera une communication intitulée « Ἰαστὶ καὶ Δωριστὶ καὶ τὸ σύμμικτον. Questions dialectales du texte de Callimaque. » Elle aura lieu de 10h à 10h45 en salle Reinach (au 4ème étage de la MOM).

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Colloque international : La féminité dans les arts hellénistiques : voix, genre, représentations

ENS de Lyon – UMR 5189 Hisoma

Du 7 au 9 septembre 2017

English version : https://hellpoet.hypotheses.org/208

L’essor des mouvements féministes aux Etats-Unis, puis dans l’ensemble du monde occidental, a suscité, ces quarante dernières années, un intérêt particulier pour les questions relatives aux « voix féminines » dans les textes antiques : la poésie épique archaïque, la poésie lyrique et le théâtre classique ont été étudiés par des philologues, mais aussi des historiens et des anthropologues, à travers cette optique nouvelle. Ces travaux, notamment la synthèse de S.B. Pomeroy (1975), ont fait de la « féminité » un objet d’étude à part entière dans tous les domaines de la philologie classique : y sont comprises les questions du corps féminin, de la sexualité et de l’identité féminine, ainsi que celle de l’accès à la parole. En France, de nombreux travaux ont également été produits sur le sujet. Les plus novateurs et les plus marquants furent ceux de Nicole Loraux, qui développe dans Les enfants d’Athéna (1981) et Les expériences de Tirésias (1989) une lecture « sexuée » de la démocratie athénienne. Assez curieusement, cependant, ces études ont pour une bonne part laissé de côté l’ensemble de la production hellénistique, alors même que l’approche de la femme et de la voix féminine connaissent à cette époque des transformations et des évolutions importantes.

Si le statut de la femme évolue de manière très sensible entre l’époque classique et l’époque hellénistique, si certaines femmes, comme Arsinoé ou Bérénice, jouent un rôle politique de premier plan dans l’Égypte lagide, peut-on dire pour autant que dans l’univers poétique alexandrin la place de la femme connaît une transformation importante ? Cette place de la femme dans la poésie alexandrine concerne essentiellement les modalités de la prise de parole féminine et des conditions dans lesquelles un discours est proféré par une instance locutrice féminine. Plus généralement, les femmes bénéficient dans la littérature hellénistique d’un traitement relativement favorable. Cela est vrai aussi bien à propos des individus « réels » — et l’on pense ici aux poétesses Anytè et Nossis —, que concernant les personnages fictifs. Dans de nombreuses œuvres, en effet, le poète-narrateur, s’il est souvent de sexe masculin, délègue sa voix à des locutrices secondaires. C’est le cas des Syracusaines de l’Idylle XV, de la magicienne Simaitha de l’Idylle II de Théocrite, mais aussi des figures d’Hypsipylé, d’Arété ou de Médée dans les Argonautiques d’Apollonios de Rhodes, ou encore de Cassandre dans l’Alexandra de Lycophron.

Entre ces deux sortes de discours féminins existe certes une certaine asymétrie : lorsque l’auteur est une femme, dans le cas des épigrammatistes, la voix de la poétesse et celles des locutrices fictives sont de même genre. Lorsque l’auteur est un homme, une frontière nette sépare toujours la voix du poète de celles des locutrices secondaires. Cette différence ne doit toutefois pas conduire à envisager séparément ces deux modes de prise de parole féminine : au contraire, étudier les caractéristiques attribuées à la parole féminine peut être le moyen de mettre en lumière les représentations auxquelles les poétesses réelles étaient confrontées, de comprendre quel rapport entretient leur œuvre avec ces représentations et quelle est l’originalité de leur positionnement poétique ou du traitement qu’elles réservent à certaines thématiques. Au-delà de cette problématique particulière, nous aimerions, dans ce colloque, étudier l’évolution de la parole féminine, tant dans son contenu que dans sa mise en scène littéraire, à une époque où, aussi bien en politique qu’en art et en science, les femmes sont plus présentes que par le passé aux côtés des hommes.

On pourra ainsi s’interroger sur le type de questions suivantes, sans que cette liste soit exhaustive :

– La dimension politique du discours féminin

– La divinisation de la femme de pouvoir

– La femme comme figure de l’altérité

– Les intertextualités du discours féminin

– Les occupations et fonctions féminines

– Les modalités discursives de la voix féminines

– L’influence du statut familial des femmes (filles, mères, épouses, concubines…) sur leur prise de parole

– L’influence du statut social de la femme sur son discours et sa représentation

– La question du féminin en face de la féminité

– L’utilisation du biculturalisme gréco-égyptien dans les représentations hellénistiques

 

 

Vous voudrez bien retourner votre proposition de communication pour le 15 février 2017 aux adresses suivantes :

christophe.cusset@ens-lyon.fr, nadege.wolff@ens-lyon.fr, claireemmanuelle.nardone@ens-lyon.fr, pierre.belenfant@ens-lyon.fr

Votre proposition doit être composée d’un titre, d’un résumé et d’un bref CV.

International conference: Femininity in Hellenistic Arts: Voice, Gender and Representations

ENS de Lyon – UMR 5189 Hisoma

September 7th to September 9th 2017                                                                                                             French version: https://hellpoet.hypotheses.org/210

The rise of feminist movements in the USA, and later in the rest of the western world, has aroused a special interest in issues related to women’’s voices in ancient literature: during the last four decades, philologists, historians and anthropologists, have studied archaic epics, lyrics and classical drama from this new viewpoint. These works, especially S.B Pomeroy’’s synthesis (1975), have made femininity a legitimate topic in every area of classical philology: it includes such issues as women’s body, feminine identity and sexuality, and women’’s access to speech. In France, numerous works have been produced on this matter, the most noteworthy and the most innovative of which are Nicole Loraux’’s: in Les enfants d’Athéna (1981) and Les experiences de Tirésias (1989) she expounds a new vision of the Athenian democracy, based on gender theories. Curiously enough, however, most of these studies overlook the Hellenistic period, even though women’’s status, and therefore the way their voice was taken into account, were then undergoing significant changes. There is indeed an important gap in this respect between classical and Hellenistic times: some women for instance, like Arsinoe or Berenice, played a prominent political role in Ptolemaic Egypt: does such an evolution entail changes in the way women are depicted in Alexandrian poetry? More specifically, does this evolution entail changes in how female characters speak? Considering the whole of Hellenistic literature, one must admit that women are prominent in the known corpus. This is true for historical figures, such as the female poets Anyte and Nossis, as well as for fictitious characters. Indeed, there are many cases in which the poet-speaker, although he is often a male character, yields the floor to secondary female speakers. This is the case for the Syracusan ladies in Idyll XV, or the magician Simaitha in Idyll II by Theocritus, but also for Hypsipyle, Arete or Medea in Apollonius’’ Argonautica, or even for Cassandra in Lycophron’’s Alexandra. In the latter case, there is no perfect symmetry between male and female poets: when the author is a woman, the poetess’’s voice and that of the fictitious speakers are of the same gender. When the author is a man, a clear-cut frontier always separates the poet’’s voice from that of the secondary female speakers. However, this difference must not lead us to consider separately these two kinds of feminine discourse: on the contrary, by studying the specific features which are assigned to feminine discourse in poetry, we may determine the stereotypes real female poets had to cope with, and how they responded to them in their works. It may also help us appreciate their originality in terms of self-representation and esthetic choices. More generally speaking, this conference is meant to shed light on the evolutions of women’’s discourse, its contents and the way it was perceived, at a time when women’’s presence was getting more obvious in politics, arts and sciences than in the past. The following issues may also be tackled:

-Political aspects of women’’s discourse

-Deification of female leaders

-Woman as the Other

-Intertextuality in women’’s discourse

-Women’’s occupations and functions

-Gendered voices

-The influence of family status (daughters, mothers, wife, concubines, ) on women’’s discourse

-The influence of social status on women’’s discourse and representations

-Female voices and female identity

-Greco-Egyptian biculturalism and women’’s representations in the Hellenistic period.

Other proposals are of course welcome.

Please send an abstract of your paper and a short CV by the 15th of February 2017 to the following addresses: christophe.cusset@ens-lyon.fr, nadege.wolff@ens-lyon.fr, claireemmanuelle.nardone@ens-lyon.fr, pierre.belenfant@ens-lyon.fr

Groningen Workshop on Hellenistic Poetry

The Groningen Workshops on Hellenistic Poetry have over the past 25 years provided an important venue for the presentation of new ideas in the field of Hellenistic poetry. In September 2017 the instigator and organizer of these workshops, Professor Annette Harder, will be retiring from the University of Groningen, which means that an end of the workshops in their present form is imminent.

To honor Annette Harder and fittingly celebrate her career in the service of Hellenistic poetry, whose acme has undoubtedly been the publication of a monumental new edition of Callimachus’ Aetia, we are organizing a final Groningen Workshop entitled,’Callimachus Revisited’, on September 12-14, 2017. Callimachus formed the focus of the first Groningen workshop in 1992, and was revisited in 2002. It seems fitting to close the series by returning to this central poet once more, ask how our understanding of Callimachus has developed over the past 25 years, and consider future directions.

The workshop will co-incide with Annette’s Valedictory Lecture, on 14th September, 2017. Unlike previous editions, there is no open Call for Papers this year, as all speakers have been especially selected for this special occasion. But of course all are welcome to attend and help celebrate Annette’s career. The program of the workshop and other practical information will be published on the website as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

On behalf of the organizing committee,

Dr. Martine Cuypers (Trinity College Dublin)
Dr. Jacqueline Klooster (University of Groningen)

Overview of the Groningen Workshops on Hellenistic Poetry

  1. Callimachus (1992)
  2. Theocritus (1994)
  3. Genre in Hellenistic Poetry (1996)
  4. Apollonius Rhodius (1998)
  5. Hellenistic Epigrams (2000)
  6. Callimachus II (2002)
  7. Beyond the Canon (2004)
  8. Nature and Science in Hellenistic Poetry (2006)
  9. Gods and Religion in Hellenistic Poetry (2008)
  10. Hellenistic Poetry in Context (2010)
  11. Past and Present in Hellenistic Poetry (2013)
  12. Drama and Performance in Hellenistic Poetry (2015)

The proceedings of every workshop are published in the series ‘ Hellenistica Groningana ’ by Peeters Publishers (Leuven). The first three volumes are published by Forsten Publishing (Groningen).

Athletics in the Hellenistic World

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This is the first book on athletics in the Hellenistic era, with 16 contributions covering a range of historical, archaeological and philological perspectives. Previous scholarship has focused primarily on the classical age and the Roman imperial period, but it was in the Hellenistic age that Greek sport saw several important developments: the spread of Greek athletic culture in the East following the campaigns of Alexander the Great, the foundation of new athletic contests, and the emergence of a professional association of athletes. Topics discussed in this volume include how agonistic victories were exploited in legitimating (some) Hellenistic kings, the value placed on athletic prowess in the lively urban culture of this time, the role of sport in defining Greek identity, and the changing modes of representation of athletic action in literature and the arts. In emphasizing the central place of athletics in Greek culture, these papers offer new insights and will have far-reaching implications for our understanding of the wider political and social history of the Hellenistic period.

Mimiambs of Herodas

Translated into an English ‘Choliambic’ Metre with Literary-Historical Introductions and Notes by Anna Rist

Londres-New York, Bloomsbury Academic, 2016.

ISBN : 9781350004207

$ 120

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The third-century BC Greek poet Herodas had been all but forgotten until a papyrus of eight of his Mimiambs (plus fragments) turned up in the Egyptian desert at the end of the 19th century. They have since been translated into various modern languages and supplied with scholarly commentaries. This book is the first to attempt to reproduce in English Herodas’ ‘choliambic’ or ‘limping’ metre (sic) – distinctive for its signatory reversed final foot, a variant on the standard Greek iambic trimeter. The present volume provides an accessible introduction to Herodas and his Mimiambs requiring no knowledge of Greek. The translation steers a judicious course between literal accuracy and fidelity to this linguistically very demanding poet’s spirit and intention. The contextual introductions and notes on the poems take into account the most recent scholarship, providing explanation of the context of the Mimiambs and guiding the reader to an appreciation of the poetry itself. The General Introduction places the author in his cultural world and context, namely urban society in the Ptolemaic Empire of the hellenistic period. This he conjures up in his Mimiambs with an often scathing vividness.