Athletics in the Hellenistic World


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


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.

Dialect, Diction, and Style in Greek Literary and Inscribed Epigram

Ed. by Sistakou, Evina / Rengakos, Antonios

ISBN 978-3-11-049879-0

De Gruyter – Series : Trends in Classics – Supplementary Volumes 43


Table of Contents

Ewen Bowie: Doing Doric

Dee L. Clayman : Callimachus’ Doric Graces: 15 GP = 51 Pf.

Taylor Coughlan: Dialect and Imitation in Late Hellenistic Epigram

Lucia Floridi: The Language of Greek Skoptic Epigram of the I‒II centuries AD

Regina Höschele: “Unplumbed Depths of Fatuity?” Philip of Thessaloniki’s Art of Variation

Gregory O. Hutchinson: Pentameters

Demetra Koukouzika: Epigrams in Epic? The Case of Apollonius Rhodius

Jan Kwapisz: When Is a Riddle an Epigram?

Giulio Massimilla: The ἀπὸ κοινοῦ Construction of Prepositions as a Feature of the Epigrammatic Style

Egbert J. Bakker: Archaic Epigram and the Seal of Theognis

Michael A. Tueller: Words for Dying in Sepulchral Epigram

Benjamin Acosta-Hughes: A Little-Studied Dialogue: Responses to Plato in Callimachean Epigram

Kathryn Gutzwiller: Style and Dialect in Meleager’s Heraclitus Epigram

Richard Hunter: A Philosophical Death?

Marco Fantuzzi: Novice Pastoral Eros and Its Epigrammatic Critics

Nita Krevans: Pastoral Markers in Hellenistic Epigram: The Fan-Fiction Approach

Francesca Angiò: A Sundial for a Deceased Woman: Two Epigrams from Pamphylia (I–II A. D.)

Valentina Garulli: Playing with Language in Everyday Poetry: hapax legomena in Inscribed Funerary Epigrams

David Petrain: Hearing Heracles on the Tabula Albani

Andrej Petrovic: Casualty Lists in Performance. Name Catalogues and Greek Verse-Inscriptions

Ivana Petrovic: The Style and Language of Epigrammatic Programmata




Femmes influentes dans le monde hellénistique et à Rome (IIIe siècle av. J.-C. – Ier siècle apr. J.-C.).

Bielman Sánchez, Anne, Isabelle Cogitore and Anne Kolb (edd.).

Grenoble: ELLUG Université Grenoble Alpes, 2016. 260 p. € 25.00 (pb). ISBN 9782843103278.


Reines, impératrices, mères ou sœurs de dirigeants : entre l’Égypte de Cléopâtre et la Rome de Néron, elles ont toutes participé aux jeux politiques. Ce livre donne des clés pour comprendre le rôle des femmes influentes et la relation qu’elles entretenaient avec le pouvoir dans les mondes antiques.


Alors que la question des Gender Studies est fréquemment abordée sous l’angle anthropologique, principalement dans le monde anglo-saxon, elle est ici résolument tournée vers l’histoire, la littérature et les institutions. Fondé sur la pratique de la comparaison, l’ouvrage analyse les relations entre les femmes des classes dirigeantes et les structures institutionnelles et politiques des deux principales sociétés antiques, en soulignant les divergences entre Grecs et Romains vis-à-vis de ces relations ; le titre en forme de périphrase, « Femmes influentes », révèle les difficultés terminologiques d’une telle analyse. Les sources littéraires, grecques et latines, ainsi que les monnaies et les inscriptions, sont exploitées pour comprendre la façon dont les femmes ont exercé un pouvoir tantôt indirect tantôt direct, dans des domaines variés : clientèles et relations diplomatiques, patrimoine, stratégies familiales. Les synthèses des deux chapitres qui structurent le livre mettent en évidence un certain nombre de problématiques transversales, qui peuvent stimuler de nouvelles études, y compris en dehors des périodes et des sphères géographiques envisagées ici. En effet, cette approche polyphonique sur les femmes influentes ouvre de nouvelles voies à la réflexion, sur le temps long, jusqu’à aujourd’hui : les femmes influentes de l’Antiquité – tout comme les femmes influentes contemporaines – conduisent à s’interroger sur la frontière entre sphère privée et sphère publique et sur les modalités spécifiques des actions publiques féminines.

Hellenistic epigram: contexts of exploration.


This book offers scholars and students of Hellenistic and Roman literature an overview of Hellenistic epigram, a field closely related to other Hellenistic poetry and highly influential upon Roman poetry. In fourteen themed chapters, it foregrounds the literary, linguistic, historical, epigraphic, social, political, ethnic, cultic, onomastic, local, topographical and patronage contexts within which Hellenistic epigrams were composed. Many epigrams are analysed in detail and new interpretations of them proposed. Throughout, the question is asked whether epigrams are literary jeux d’esprit (as is often assumed without proper discussion) or whether they relate to real people and real events and have a function in the real world. That function may be epigraphic, for example an epigram can be the epitymbion for inscription at someone’s grave, or the anathematikon for inscription on or beside a dedicated object, or a picture-label – an ekphrasis to accompany a painting or mosaic.

Cairns, Francis

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. xviii, 516 p. $120.00. ISBN 9781107168503.

Aetia on the web


This site contains a Greek text, English translation, notes, and vocabulary for Aetia (Αἴτια, « Causes ») by the Alexandrian poet Callimachus (310/305–240 BC), along with an introduction, an interactive map of places mentioned, a bibliography, and images of the papyrus fragments on which the text is largely based.

Aetia is a collection of elegiac poems in four books that deals with the foundation of cities, unusual religious ceremonies, and unique local traditions from around the Greek world. It survives not in manuscript form but in papyrus fragments and quotations by later authors. This site is not a complete collection of every identifiable scrap of the Aetia, as is Annette Harder’s monumental print edition (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012). But all coherent, understandable fragments are included, as well as some very short fragments with good explanatory scholia (commentary by ancient scholars).

This project was originally conceived by Prof. Susan Stephens of Stanford University, as a way to achieve four goals:

  • increase access among classicists at every career stage (from undergraduate to senior scholar) to the fragmentary text of the Aetia
  • provide a format for an exchange of information for scholars who are working on aspects of the poem
  • allow immediate integration of new papyrus finds
  • use the visual and spatial capabilities of the web

It began with the collaboration of colleagues at Stanford University, including Fred Porta, and The Ohio State University in 2010, including Benjamin Acosta-Hughes and Aaron Palmore. When the Stanford-OSU team encountered technical difficulties in 2012, DCC inherited a draft of the content, and the present Drupal site was created under my supervision, beginning in January 2013. Prof. Stephens wrote the notes and introductory material. The translation is by Fred Porta (Stanford), thoroughly revised by Meagan Ayer (Dickinson; Ph.D., Classics, University at Buffalo, 2012). Daniel Plekhov (Dickinson ’14) created the table of contents and revised the Greek text. The vocabulary lists derive from a dictionary initially created by Aaron Palmore (OSU) and Fred Porta (Stanford). Katie Cantwell (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Nicholas Stender (Dickinson ’15), and Meagan Ayer edited and expanded this list into fuller running lists that conform to the DCC house style: all words not included in the DCC Core Greek Vocabulary are glossed. I further edited these lists and inserted links to Smith’s Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography Mythology (as digitized at Perseus) and to other reference works as appropriate. Meagan Ayer further edited and formatted the Greek text. She collected a comprehensive list of places mentioned in the Aetia and inserted links to Pleiades for each one in the notes and vocabulary fields. She also collected a comprehensive list of the papyrological sources of the text, inserting into the notes fields links to the authoritative database of metadata at Trismegistos. Katy Purington (Dickinson ’15) created the map of places mentioned in the Aetia, using MapBox. The original DCC format was designed by Chris Stamas, and the sites are created and maintained on the technical side by Dickinson web developer Ryan Burke.

The creation of this site was made possible by the Roberts Fund for Classical Studies at Dickinson College, at Dickinson’s Department of Classical Studies and the Mellon Fund for Digital Humanities at Dickinson College, and the Department of Classics at Stanford University.

For the Greek text we have employed the editorial supplements in the edition of Rudolf Pfeiffer (Callimachus: vol. 1, Fragmenta. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1949), though in a number of places it has been updated to include new finds and the the work of subsequent scholars on Pfeiffer’s text. The majority of these have been incorporated into the texts of Annette Harder. To aid in readability, papyrological notations have been kept to a minimum. Square brackets indicate editorial supplements, which are presented in gray. There are no sublinear dots to indicate doubtful letters, since images of the texts will reveal this information. Iota subscripts and traditional sigmas have been used throughout. In some instances fragments have been truncated, with only those sections which are fully legible and coherent presented. The same applies to the scholia (comments by ancient scholars that often appear on the papyri) and diegeseis (explanatory mythological narratives written by ancient scholars).

I would like to thank Prof. Stephens and everyone who helped make this site possible. If you have a suggestion, or would like to contribute and improve the site, please let me know, or use the « suggest an edit » links on the text pages.

Chris Francese, June 2, 2016,

Tragic Failures Alexandrian Responses to Tragedy and the Tragic

This study focuses on the reception of tragedy and the tragic in Hellenistic poetry. It illustrates how classical tragedy and the tragic idea were incorporated in the poems of Callimachus and Theocritus, Apollonius’ Argonautica, the iambic Alexandra and late Hellenistic poetry. It demonstrates that ‘the tragic’ was not doomed to failure in the postclassical world but lived on through the works of the great Alexandrian poets and their followers.


Introduction: From Tragedy to the Tragic

  1. Tragedy, from Athens to Alexandria

The contexts of Hellenistic tragedy

Ptolemaic cultural politics and tragedy

Performing, reciting or reading tragedy?

Tragedy enters the Library

  1. The Metaclassical Tragic

Tragedy as philosophy and its Hellenistic reworking

The impossibility of Aristotelian tragedy

Callimachus on (not) writing tragedy

Establishing tragedy and the tragic in Alexandria

  1. Alexandrian Tragedy

The star system of the Alexandrian tragedians

Rupture and revival of tragic myth

Historical tragedy makes a comeback

Generic divergences and tragic crossovers

  1. Callimachus Displaces the Tragic

Transcending the tragic in the Hymns

Tragic fragmentariness in the Aetia

Hecale, a mundane tragedy

  1. Redefining the Tragic in the Idylls of Theocritus

A messenger speech without a messenger

The bucolic world’s a stage

Simaetha’s tragic failures

  1. Tragedy into Epic in Apollonius’ Argonautica

Distilling Attic tragedy into the Argonautica

Epic teleologies and tragic modalities

An Alexandrian epic on tragic passions

  1. In the Metatragic Cosmos of the Alexandra

The Alexandra, a metatragic play

From the tragedy of Cassandra to ‘becoming Alexandra’

Tragedy as textual unconscious

  1. The Romantic Tragic

Domesticizing tragedy

The tragedy of love

Parthenius, from tragedy to melodrama

Conclusion: Tragic Failures and Hellenistic Challenges



De Gruyter, juillet 2016

Marque éditoriale :  De Gruyter

ISBN :  9783110480634


The Gods of Greek Hexameter Poetry

From the Archaic Age to Late Antiquity and Beyond

Edited by James J. Clauss, Martine Cuypers and Ahuvia Kahane


1  Hiero’s Question: An Introduction………………………………… 1

James J. Clauss, Martine Cuypers and Ahuvia Kahane

2  The Justice of Zeus in the Theogony?……………………………. 21

Jenny Strauss Clay

3  The Gods in the Narratives of the Homeric Hymns ……. 32

Andrew Faulkner

4  Divine Perspective and the Plots of Zeus in the Hesiodic Catalogue…. 43

Kirk Ormand

5  Herding Cats: Zeus, the Other Gods, and the Plot of the Iliad …… 60

Jim Marks

6  Poseidon in the Odyssey …………………………………………… 76

Richard P. Martin

7  The Gods in Cyclic Epic ………………………………………………. 95

Christos Tsagalis

8  Ares in the Pseudo-Hesiodic Shield …………………………….. 118

Timothy Heckenlively

9  Heldendämmerung Anticipated: The Gods in Apollonius’ Argonautica….135

James J. Clauss

10  Zeus in Aratus’ Phaenomena …………………………………….. 152

John Ryan

11  Gods in Callimachus’ Hymns……………………………………… 164

Ivana Petrovic

12  Gods in Fragments: Callimachus’ Hecale ………………….. 180

Massimo Giuseppetti

13  Erotic Battles? Love, Power-Politics and Cosmic Significance
in Moschus’ Europa and Eros on the Run………………………………. 197

D. Morrison

14  Reading Homer, Writing Troy: Intertextuality and Narrativity
of the Gods and the Divine in Quintus of Smyrna’s Posthomerica …………..215

Silvio Bär

15  ‘With a Little Help from my (Divine) Friends’: Double Motivation
and Personification in Triphiodorus’ Sack of Troy ……………………… 231

Laura Miguélez-Cavero

16  The Huntress and the Poet: Artemis in the Cynegetica …………………… 243

Adam Bartley

17  Naming the God of Metamorphosis: The Ever-changing Shape
of the Infant Dionysus in Nonnus’ Dionysiaca ……………………………………… 256

Domenico Accorinti

18  Jesus’ Late Antique Epiphanies: Healing the Blind in the Christian Epics
of Eudocia and Nonnus ………………………………………. 268

Anna Lefteratou

19  Gods and Men in Colluthus’ Rape of Helen …..…………… 288

Enrico Magnelli

20  The Argonautica of Orpheus as ‘Poetic Theology’? Divine Hierarchies
in Late Antique Philosophy and Poetry ………. …………………..298

Oliver Schelske

21  Polytheism in the Sibylline Oracles ………………………. 309

L. Lightfoot

22  Homer’s Gods and Virgil’s Aeneid ………………………………… 339

Ward Briggs

23  The Gods in Ovid’s Fasti ………………………………………. 353

Fritz Graf

24  From Epiphanic Idyll to Faith-bound Epyllia: Tennyson’s Poetic Descent from Virgil to Gibbon ……………………………………….. 367

Edward Adams

25  Modernity and the Twilight of the Epic Gods: Reading Derek Walcott
and Alice Oswald ………………………………………………………… 385

Ahuvia Kahane

Bibliography ………………………………… 407

Index …………………………………………… 443

Hellenistic Poetry. A Selection


A major new collection of use to all students and scholars working on Hellenistic Greek poetry

This collection of texts is designed to supplement those currently available for use in courses on Hellenistic poetry. Most have never before appeared in a similar collection; several have only recently been discovered. The individual commentaries have been written by the leading international scholars on Hellenistic poetry, and are designed to help the reader with more difficult aspects of the language, as well as to provide some basic guidance to each poem’s literary value and relevant scholarship.


The text of each poem is presented, together with basic help on obscure vocabulary, morphology, dialect, meter, syntax, and similar philological issues. The modern commentators also offer guidance on a poem’s literary significance and a brief introduction to the scholarship.


Among the 44 named and anonymous poets represented here are Apollonius of Rhodes, Archimedes, Aristotle, Callimachus, Cercidas, Corinna, Eratosthenes, Erinna, Ezekiel, Hermesianax, Herodas, Lycophron, and Phanocles.


Contributors to the volume in addition to David Sider include: Silvia Barbantani, James Clauss, Dee Clayman, Christophe Cusset, Claudio De Stefani, Marco Fantuzzi, Andrew Ford, Kathryn Gutzwiller, Johanna Hanink, Regina Hoeschele, Richard Hunter, David Konstan, Pauline LeVen, Kelly MacFarlane, Enrico Magnelli, Jackie Murray, Pura Nieto, Maria Noussia, Douglas Olson, Floris Overduin, Richard Rawles, Ralph Rosen, Chad Schroeder, Alexander Sens, Evina Sistakou, Michael Tueller, and Athanassios Vergados.


Although designed primarily as a textbook for graduate students and upper-level undergraduates, the book offers texts and subsidiary information not easily found (if at all) elsewhere. Since Latin poets made constant allusion to Hellenistic poetry, it will also be an important resource for Latinists.


David Sider is Professor of Classics at New York University.


  • Hardcover 2016 Forthcoming
  • 978-0-472-07313-9


  • $90.00 U.S.


  • Paper 2016 Forthcoming
  • 978-0-472-05313-1


$49.50 U.S.


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L’épigramme dans tous ses états


SANTIN, Eleonora (dir.) ; FOSHIA, Laurence (dir.).

L’épigramme dans tous ses états : épigraphiques, littéraires, historiques.* Nouvelle édition [en ligne]. Lyon : ENS Éditions, 2016 (généré le 08 juin 2016). Disponible sur

Internet : <>. ISBN :



Contenu :

Eleonora Santin et Laurence Foschia


Eleonora Santin et Laurence Foschia



Erkki Sironen

Variation of Supports for Verse Inscriptions in Roman Greece

Enrico Magnelli

Potnia and the like: the vocabulary of domination in Greek love epigram of the Imperial period

Valentina Garulli

Posidippe, auteur épigraphique ?

Poètes et auteurs

Epigrammata de poetis

Évelyne Prioux

Une histoire des styles en épigrammes : essai de confrontation entre Posidippe et Dioscoride

Flore Kimmel-Clauzet

Un hommage de poète à poète ? Sur quelques aspects des épigrammes grecques funéraires consacrées aux poètes des époques archaïques et classiques

Hamidou Richer

Epigrammata de poetis, phraséologismes et références : le cas de Léonidas de Tarente

Étienne Wolff

Poètes latins auteurs et/ou destinataires d’épigrammes funéraires

Alfredo Mario Morelli

Calvus et l’image du poète dans l’œuvre de Catulle (à propos des thèmes du banquet en Catulle 50)

Propositions d’analyse textuelle

Gauthier Liberman

Une expérimentation littéraire avec un seul lendemain : deux épigrammes de Properce (I, 21-22) en diptyque et une ode d’Horace (I, 28)

Avec une édition critique des poèmes

Daniel Vallat

De Catulle à Martial : la constitution d’un discours épigrammatique sur l’obscénité

Fonctions civiles et religieuses dans les épigrammes

Joseph W. Day

Servants of the goddess: Female religious agency in archaic and fifth-century Greek epigrams and dedications

Bruno Helly

Épigramme funéraire de Gonnoi pour Dikaiogénès, mort au combat au cours de la troisième guerre de Macédoine dans la région d’Askuris (Bas-Olympe)

Jean-Claude Decourt

De quelques épigrammes grecques trouvées en France : marins, négociants et poètes

Andreas Rhoby

Methods of self-representation in Byzantine inscriptional epigrams: some basic thoughts

Gianfranco Agosti

Les langues de l’épigramme épigraphique grecque : regard sur l’identité culturelle chrétienne dans l’Antiquité tardive

Recherches sur l’epyllion à l’époque hellénistique et au-delà

Ce volume de la revue Aitia est constitué de la réunion de deux rencontres organisées à l’ENS de Lyon en septembre 2012 et à l’Université Roma Tre en mai 2013 sur l’epyllion et plus particulièrement sur les rapports entre l’epyllion et le mythe. Il est constitué de 16 contributions sur cette forme poétique problématique qu’est l’epyllion, auquel s’ajoute une contribution marginale et deux comptes rendus.

This volume of the on-line journal Aitia consists of the proceedings of two meetings held at ENS of Lyon in September 2012 and at the Roma Tre University in May 2013 on the Epyllion and more specifically on the relationship between Epyllion and myth. It consists of 16 contributions on this problematic poetic form of the Epyllion, plus a marginal contribution and two reviews.

Questo volume della rivista Aitia consiste nell’unione di due incontri presso ENS de Lyon (settembre 2012) e l’Università Roma Tre (maggio 2013) sull’ epillio e in particolare sul rapporto tra epillio e mito. Si compone di 16 contributi su questa forma poetica che è l’epillio, oltre a un contributo marginale e due relazioni.


Christophe CUSSETSusan A. Stephens. Callimachus. The Hymns. Edited with Introduction, Translation, and Commentary [Texte intégral]Oxford-New York : Oxford University Press, 2015. ISBN 9780199783045

The Alexandra of Lycophron


Présentation de l’éditeur

This monograph is a literary study of Lycophron’s Alexandra, whose obscurity, a quality notorious already in antiquity, has long hampered holistic approaches. Through a series of distinct but closely integrated literary studies of major aspects of the poem, including its style, its engagement with the traditions of epic and tragedy, and it’s treatment of heroism and of the gods, the book explores the way the Alexandra reconfigures Greek mythology. In particular, as it is presented in Homeric epic and Athenian tragedy, in order to cast the Romans and their restoration of Trojan glory as the ultimate telos of history. In this sense, the poem emerges as an important intermediary between Homeric epic and Latin poetry, particularly Vergil’s Aeneid. By rewriting specific features of the epic and tragic traditions, the Alexandra denies to Greek heroes the glory that was the traditional compensation for their suffering, while at the same time attributing to Cassandra’s Trojan family honours framed in the traditional language of Greek heroism. In this sense, the figure of Cassandra, a prophetess traditionally gifted with the power of foresight but denied credibility, self-reflexively serves as a vehicle for exploring the potentials and limitations of poetry.

Biographie de l’auteur

Charles McNelis is an Associate Professor of Classics at Georgetown University. He has written articles on Greek and Latin literature, and is the author of Statius’ Thebaid and the Poetics of Civil War (Cambridge UP, 2007). Alexander Sens is Markos and Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis Chair of Classics at Georgetown University. He specializes in the poetry of the late Classical and Hellenistic periods, and is the author of a series of editions of and commentaries on Greek poems, including most recently Asclepiades of Samos: Epigrams and Fragments (Oxford, 2011).
  • Relié: 272 pages
  • Editeur : OUP Oxford (21 avril 2016)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0199601895
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199601899

Enrico Livrea. ΠΑΡΑΚΜΗ. 63 studi di poesia ellenistica

E’ un volume di ca. 600 pagine, che abbraccia gli otto secoli meno conosciuti della poesia greca, dal III a.C. al V d.C. La varietà dei testi trattati – da Callimaco a Cercida, da Nonno a Pamprepio, includendo molti testi papiracei ed epigrafici – ,il rigore del metodo, la riunificazione di lavori della più varia provenienza, renderanno il volume un utile strumento di lavoro per chi, alieno da ogni pregiudizio classicistico, ritiene che la poesia alessandrina e tardoantica, ancora per larga parte poco o punto esplorate, meritino l’attenzione della scienza filologica e l’ammirazione commossa dei fruitori di poesia greca

1) I versi vaganti nel logos esiodeo delle razze

2) Ancora sull’epodo coloniense di Archiloco

3) Una reminiscenza archilochea in Apollonio Rodio

4) Nuovi frammenti della Telegonia

5) Il sudore di Saffo

6) La vecchiaia su papiro: Saffo, Simonide, Callimaco, Cercida

7) Sapphica

8) Simonidea

9) Simonides, fr. 22 West2 = 9 Gentili-Prato2

10) A New Pythagorean Fragment and Homer’s Tears in Ennius

11) Eraclito nel Papiro di Derveni

12) Pindaro enigmatico. Trittico sulla Quarta Pitica

13) Elementi orfici in un threnos pindarico

14) Una reminiscenza eschilea in Sinesio di Cirene

15) Ancora su una crux euripidea

16) Il papiro di Dongo

17) Un nuovo frammento di Filita di Cos

18) Lycidas and Apollo in Theocritus’ Thalysia

19) Sul primo Giambo callimacheo

20) Callimachi Iambus III

21) Callimachi Iambus V

22) Il Giambo IX di Callimaco

23) Callimachus senex, Cercidas senex ed i loro critici

24) Callimaco: tre nuovi frammenti?

25) Callimaco e gli Iperborei a Delo

26) Due aporie callimachee

27) La tomba di Simonide da Callimaco a S. Saba

28) Il mito argonautico in Callimaco: l’episodio di Anafe

29) Un’eco callimachea in Giovenale

30) Posidippo, Ep. 57 e 15 A.-B.

31) Un epigramma di Posidippo ed il Cyclops di Filosseno di Citera

32) Il fantasma del non-Posidippo

33) Critica testuale ed esegesi del nuovo Posidippo

34) Parerga Cercidea I. P.Oxy 1082 ed il frammento della tartaruga

35) Parerga Cercidea II. P.Oxy. 1082 fragmenta minora

36) Sul Dioniso di Euforione, Nonno e Dionisio

37) Il Philoctetes di Euforione

38) Nicandrea

39) Sull’iscrizione teosofica di Enoanda

40) Poema epico-storico attribuito a Soterico di Oasi

41) Chi è l’autore di P.Oxy. 4352?

42) La Gigantomachia greca di Claudiano:tradizione manoscritta e critica testuale

43) La chiusa della Gigantomachia greca di Claudiano e la datazione del poemetto

44) I cavalli di S. Marco ed i Lithica orfici

45) Perdix a perdendo: simbolismo nei Lithica orfici

46) A.P. 9.400: iscrizione funeraria di Ipazia?

47) La Visione di Dorotheos come prodotto di consumo

48) Dorothei Carmen Ad justos (P.Bodmer XXXI)

49) Dorothei Laudes Domini Jesu

50) Il sogno di Eeta nelle Argonautiche orfiche

51) Alcune cruces nonniane

52) Nonnus and the Orphic Argonautica

53) The Nonnus Question Revisited

54) Rec. a Nonnos, Les Dionysiaques, T. VI, Gerlaud

55) Rec. a Nonnos, Les Dionysiaques,T. VIII, Hopkinson-Vian

56) I due Taziani in un’iscrizione di Afrodisia

57) L’imperatrice Eudocia e Roma. Per una datazione del De S. Cypriano

58) L’imperatrice Eudocia santa?

59) La slogatura di Eudocia in un’iscrizione paflagone

60) The Last Pagan at the Court of Zeno. The Poetry and Politics of Pamprepius of Panopolis

61) Costantino nella storiografia ecclesiastica del V secolo.Alcuni sogni e visioni

62) Una crux dioscorea

63) Anthos Ardizzoni +

Erudition and Allusion in Theocritus

Erudition and Allusion in Theocritus

International Colloquium – Friday 27th of May 2016

 Central Building of the University of Athens

Auditorium ‘Alkis Argyriadis’ – 30 Panepistimiou Str.


9.00 – 10.00               Registration and Arrival

10.00 – 10.15             Welcome Speeches from Faculty Members of UOA:

Eleni Karamalegkou (Dean of School of Philosophy)

Nikolaos Georgantzoglou (Head of Section)

Erasmia Stavropoulou (Head of Department)

Opening of the Colloquium: Chris Carey (UCL)

                                   Session 1: Δάφνιδος ἄλγεα in Idylls 1 and 27

10.15 – 10.45             Marco Fantuzzi (UNIMC/Columbia)

Daphnis(es) between Love Troubles and Sexual Satisfaction:

Theocritus and Theocr. (?) 27

10.45 – 11.15                         Ewen Bowie (Oxford)

                                   Daphnis’ Death in Theocritus 1: a hard way to go? 

11.15 – 12.00                         Tea and Coffee

Session 2: Rejuvenating Archaic Poetry

 12.00 – 12.30             Richard Hunter (Cambridge)

Sappho and Theocritus Revisited

12.30 – 13.00                         Maria Kanellou (UCL/OUC)

The Art of Allusion in the Epigrams Ascribed to Theocritus

13.00 – 14.30             Lunch (5’ away from the venue)


The ‘Kapodistriako’

Kostis Palamas Building

Academias 48 & Sina Str.

Session 3: Modes of Irony in Theocritus

 14.30 – 15.00             Styliani Chatzikosta (University of Athens)

Allusive Erudition and Irony in Theocritus ‘Bucolic’ Idylls

15.00 – 15.30                         Christophe Cusset (ENS Lyon)

                                   Allusion in Theocritus Id. 18: between Tradition and Politics

15.30 – 16.00                         Tea and Coffee

Session 4: A Kaleidoscopic Approach to Power in Theocritus

16.00 – 16.30             Evelyné Prioux (MAE/CNRS)

Theocritus’ Astronomical Description in Idyll 24.11-12

16.30 – 17.00                         Flora Manakidou (Democritus University of Thrace)

Theocritus and Hesiod: more than poetry?

17.00 – 17.30             Tea and Coffee

Session 5: Theocritus’ Bucolic Poetry: Debts, Innovations & Reception

 17.30 – 18.00             Kathryn Gutzwiller (Cincinnati)

Theocritus’ Learned Simplicity

 18.00 – 18.30                         Konstantinos Spanoudakis (University of Crete)

Theocritean Techniques and their Survival

18.30 – 18.45                         Closing Remarks: Chris Carey (UCL)



Heerink, Mark. Echoing Hylas


Heerink, Mark. Echoing Hylas: a study in Hellenistic and Roman metapoetics. Wisconsin studies in classics. Madison; London: University of Wisconsin Press, 2015. xii, 243 p. $65.00. ISBN 9780299305406.

During a stopover of the Argo in Mysia, the boy Hylas sets out to fetch water for his companion Hercules. Wandering into the woods, he arrives at a secluded spring, inhabited by nymphs who fall in love with him and pull him into the water. Mad with worry, Hercules stays in Mysia to look for the boy, but he will never find him again . . .

In Echoing Hylas, Mark Heerink argues that the story of Hylas—a famous episode of the Argonauts’ voyage—was used by poets throughout classical antiquity to reflect symbolically on the position of their poetry in the literary tradition. Certain elements of the story, including the characters of Hylas and Hercules themselves, functioned as metaphors of the art of poetry. In the Hellenistic age, for example, the poet Theocritus employed Hylas as an emblem of his innovative bucolic verse, contrasting the boy with Hercules, who symbolized an older, heroic-epic tradition. The Roman poet Propertius further developed and transformed Theocritus’s metapoetical allegory by turning Heracles into an elegiac lover in pursuit of an unattainable object of affection. In this way, the myth of Hylas became the subject of a dialogue among poets across time, from the Hellenistic age to the Flavian era. Each poet, Heerink demonstrates, used elements of the myth to claim his own place in a developing literary tradition.

With this innovative diachronic approach, Heerink opens a new dimension of ancient metapoetics and offers many insights into the works of Apollonius of Rhodes, Theocritus, Virgil, Ovid, Valerius Flaccus, and Statius.