Hellenistic Epigrams. A Selection

Alexander Sens

isbn: 9780521614818

  • Greek ‘literary’ epigrams constitute one of the most versatile and dynamic poetic forms in the Hellenistic period. Originally modeled on the anonymous epitaphs and dedications inscribed on monuments throughout antiquity, these short poems came to include a variety of subtypes and served as a vehicle for Hellenistic poets to experiment with themes and motifs from other genres. This edition introduces students to a wide selection of epigrams from the third and second centuries BCE. It provides substantial help in construing the Greek and will be appropriate for those approaching the genre for the first time, whilst also containing material of interest to scholars. It includes work by the most important epigrammatists of this period, with substantial attention paid to the way these poets engage with the epigraphic and literary traditions. The Introduction provides an overview of the history of the genre and of its formal features, including dialect and meter.

  • Table of Contents

    1. The Origins of Literary Epigram
    2. ‘Genres’ of Hellenistic Epigram
    3. ‘Fictive’ and ‘Inscribed’ Epigrams
    4. Formal and Literary Aspects of Hellenistic Epigrams
    5. Transmission
    6. Organizing Principles of this Anthology

The New Politics of Olympos

Michael Brumbaugh

320 Pages | 5  – ISBN: 9780190059262

The New Politics of Olympos explores the dynamics of praise, power, and persuasion in Kallimachos’ hymns, detailing how they simultaneously substantiate and interrogate the radically new phenomenon of Hellenistic kingship taking shape during Kallimachos’ lifetime. Long before the Ptolemies invested vast treasure in establishing Alexandria as the center of Hellenic culture and learning, tyrants such as Peisistratos and Hieron recognized the value of poetry in advancing their political agendas. Plato, too, saw the vast power inherent in poetry, and famously advocated either censoring it (Republic) or harnessing it (Laws) for the good of the political community. As Xenophon notes in his Hieron and Pindar demonstrates in his politically charged epinikian hymns, wielding poetry’s power entails a complex negotiation between the poet, the audience, and political leaders. Kallimachos’ poetic medium for engaging in this dynamic, the hymn, had for centuries served as an unparalleled vehicle for negotiating with the super-powerful.

The New Politics of Olympos offers the first in-depth analysis of Kallimachos’ only fully extant poetry book, the Hymns, by examining its contemporary political setting, engagement with a tradition of political thought stretching back to Homer, and portrayal of the poet as an image-maker for the king. In addition to investigating the political dynamics in the individual hymns, this book details how the poet’s six hymns, once juxtaposed within a single bookroll, constitute a macro-narrative on the prerogatives of Ptolemaic kingship. Throughout the collection Kallimachos refigures the infamously factious divine family as a paradigm of stability and good governance in concert with the self-fashioning of the Ptolemaic dynasty. At the same time, the poet defines the characteristics and behaviors worthy of praise, effectively shaping contemporary political ethics. Thus, for a Ptolemaic reader, this poetry book may have served as an education in and inducement to good kingship.

Part I: On Zeus’ Kingship
Chapter 1: Zeus as a Paradigm for Dynastic Continuity
Seeing Double
The Encomiastic Challenge of a Zeus Narrative
The Persuasive Rhetoric of Political « Correction »

Chapter 2: Kallimachos’ Hymn « On Kingship »
Greatness, Justice, and the Politics of the Homeric Lottery
The Politics and Structures of Power in Zeus’ Regime
« Kings and Singers » Re-Figured

Chapter 3: The Poetics of Praise in the Hymn to Zeus
Praise Makes the King – On Deeds, Praise, and Power
Hymnic Expectations and Musings on the Poet’s Task

The (Meta)poetics of Rhea’s Search
Dramatizing the
Poetic Process

Part II: The Divine Family and the Ptolemaic Dynasty
Chapter 4: Apollo as a New Paradigm for Kingship
Poet as Client and Gatekeeper
Apollo (and) the King
Reading the Hymn in Context
A Poetics of Strife

Chapter 5: Saviors, Tyrants, and the Poetics of Empire
The Poetics of a Destabilized Kosmos
Apollo’s Ordered Regime and Universal Empire
Ptolemaic Thalassocracy in a Destabilized Mediterranean
The Dynastic Legacy of « Soterism »

Distinguishing Kingship from Tyranny

Chapter 6: On the Good Queen
The Emergence of Ptolemaic Queenship
Kallimachos’ Regal Goddesses

Conclusion: On the Good King According to Kallimachos
Figured Speech and the Didactics of Praise
Hymnic Paradeigmata – A
Kallimachean Katoptron Basileos?



Séminaire virtuel de poésie hellénistique. Autour de la féminité

Matinée :

10h00 : Massimo Giuseppetti (Université Roma Tre) : « Reading the Silence: intertextuality and Narratorial Authority in Callimachus’ Acontius and Cydippe »

10h45 : Bénédicte Delignon (ENS de Lyon) : « Quelques remarques sur Acontius et Cydippe dans les HéroïdesXX et XXI d’Ovide »

11h30 : Rafael J. Gallé Cejudo (Université de Cadix – ENS de Lyon) : « L’audace des femmes dans l’élégie hellénistique »

Après-midi :

14h00 : Myrtille Rémond (Toronto – ENS de Lyon) : « La vieille femme dans les Idylles de Théocrite »

14h45 : Christophe Cusset (ENS de Lyon) : « Enjeux de la parole féminine dans le poème Mégara attribué à Moschos »

Participer à la réunion Zoom :


Teocrito. I carmi eolici (Id. 28-31)

Viola Palmieri

edizionidellorso – Collana: Hellenica / ISSN 1825-3490

Isbn: 978-88-6274-908-4 – 240 pages

Nella proteiforme fenomenologia espressiva dell’ingegno poetico di Teocrito, gli idilli eolici rappresentano un caso unico e allo stesso tempo emblematico dell’intenso dialogo del poeta con il patrimonio letterario arcaico. Testimonianza importante dell’eredità della melica arcaica in età ellenistica, questi carmi trasportano il lettore antico e moderno in un vero e proprio viaggio nel tempo che, dopo secoli, riporta alla luce l’universo femminile saffico e quello del simposio arcaico di matrice alcaica: una vera e propria operazione “archeologica” che giunge a ricostruire finanche il dialetto e il metro in cui il modello eolico aveva trovato espressione. Raffinatezza, lirismo e charis caratterizzano sia la vivida descrittività della Conocchia, carme anatematico/encomiastico dedicato all’amico Nicia, sia la vivace rappresentazione dell’eros paidico nei carmi 29-31, in cui elementi tradizionali si fondono con il gusto alessandrino per immagini e lessico estremamente ricercati ed evocativi. Questo volume propone una nuova edizione critica dei carmi eolici di Teocrito, accompagnata da una traduzione italiana e da un’ampia introduzione al contesto culturale e letterario in cui essi sono immersi. Il dettagliato commento guiderà il lettore nella decodificazione e comprensione del complesso tessuto di riferimenti letterari, anteriori e coevi, in cui si snoda l’apparato espressivo teocriteo, mettendo di volta in volta in risalto i modelli di riferimento e i tratti di personale innovazione dell’autore.

PhD position in hellenistic poetry at Nijmegen University

Jacqueline Klooster draws our attention to a funded PhD program in Hellenistic poetry at Nijmegen University (via the Anchoring Innovation scheme https://www.ru.nl/oikos/anchoring-innovation/) in which she will be involved as one of the supervisors (deadline for application is April 2021).
If you should know of any talented students who would be interested in such a program, please do not hesitate to have them contact her.
Dr. J.J.H.Klooster
Assistant professor of Greek Literature
Oude Kijk in ‘t Jatstraat 26 
9712 EK Groningen
office 1311.427

Beyond Alexandria. Literature and Empire in the Seleucid World

Marijn S. Visscher

ISBN: 9780190059088

Beyond Alexandria aims to provide a better understanding of Seleucid literature, covering the period from Seleucus I to Antiochus III. Despite the historical importance of the Seleucid Empire during the long third century BCE, little attention has been devoted to its literature. The works of authors affiliated with the Seleucid court have tended to be overshadowed by works coming out of Alexandria, emerging from the court of the Ptolemies, the main rivals of the Seleucids. This book makes two key points, both of which challenge the idea that « Alexandrian » literature is coterminous with Hellenistic literature as a whole. First, the book sets out to demonstrate that a distinctly strand of writing emerged from the Seleucid court, characterized by shared perspectives and thematic concerns. Second,Beyond Alexandriaexplores how Seleucid literature was significant on the wider Hellenistic stage. Specifically, it shows that the works of Seleucid authors influenced and provided counterpoints to writers based in Alexandria, including key figures such as Eratosthenes and Callimachus. For this reason, the literature of the Seleucids is not only interesting in its own right; it also provides an important entry point for furthering our understanding of Hellenistic literature in general.

Table of Contents

Overview map
Seleucid literature
Chapter 1: Mapping the Realm
Mapping the Realm: Mental Maps and the Spectre of World Empire
On the Hellenistic Stage: Knowledge and Appropriation in Geography
Chapter 2: Babylon, City of Kings
The Kings and the City
The Voice of the Local Priests: Manetho and the Ptolemies
Chapter 3: Seleucid Crisis and the Ptolemaic Response
Cultural Polemic: the Lock of Berenice and Barbarian Asia
Meta-poetics and Inter-state Rivalry
Chapter 4: Poets and Politics at the Court of Antiochus III
Simonides: the Galatian Threat and the Struggle for Asia Minor
Euphorion of Chalcis and the Literary Court
Looking West: Hegesianax and the War with Rome

Call for Papers 15th Groningen Workshop on Hellenistic Poetry: Crisis and Resilience in Hellenistic Poetry

The Department of Greek and Latin at the University of Groningen (Netherlands) hereby announces the fifteenth workshop in the series “Workshops on Hellenistic Poetry” to be held in Groningen on 15-17 September 2021 (Wednesday–Friday). We will ensure that an online version of the conference is organized in parallel. This will allow the conference to go ahead online in case of possible travel restrictions related to Covid-19, but will also enable more participants to follow proceedings online if the conference takes place in physical form.

The theme of this workshop will be Crisis and Resilience in Hellenistic Poetry.

Crises come in many forms. War, famine and illness plague humanity, and severe personal crises (conflict, rejection, loss) are also an integral part of human condition. The challenge for individuals has always been to overcome crisis, both on a global and on a personal level. In different ages, such resilience has looked different. It can take the form of increased religiosity, superstition, or even attempts at magic, increased violence and revenge or attempts at reconciliation, and we also see a turn to different forms of philosophy. The Hellenistic age is especially famous for its philosophical schools (most notably Epicureanism and Stoicism) that propagate peace of mind through ataraxia (serene calmness) and apatheia (freedom from emotions). These philosophies influenced the literature of the age: it has been suggested that Epicureanism influenced Theocritean poetry, and it has been established that Stoic backgrounds colour Aratus’ Phaenomena and Kleanthes’ Hymn to Zeus. But beyond philosophy, all sorts of individual emotional coping mechanisms can be imagined in response to crisis. They range from practical solutions to global crises (migration, rebuilding of cities, peace treaties) to emotional responses to personal crises (e.g., denial, agression, apology, appeasement, forgiveness and mourning rituals).

This issue of the Groningen Hellenistic Workshop will focus on the theme of crisis and resilience as it is depicted in Hellenistic Poetry. To what extent can we find echoes of this topic in Hellenistic poetry, and what realities do they reflect? We can think, for instance, of epic depictions of the aftermath of personal and political conflict and revenge, flight and ritual purification (Argonautica), attempts to reach peace of mind after heartbreak (Theocritus, epigram), or the appeasing of angered divinities (Callimachus’ hymns).

Some potential key issues are: the extent of influence of philosophical tenets on depictions of (personal) resilience in Hellenistic poetry; the role of Ptolemaic ideology in finding new ways of coping with crises; the role of gods and religion in crises and their aftermaths; the diverse emotional and rational mechanisms that emerge as a response to crises; intertextual approaches to earlier treatments of crisis and resilience; the metapoetical dimensions of resilience (to what extent is poetry a solution to personal and other crises?). But of course the theme is not limited to this, and we welcome further suggestions along these lines.

Scholars who wish to contribute a paper to the workshop are requested to send an e-mail to J.J.H.Klooster@rug.nl with the title of their paper and a brief abstract (1 page) by 31 December 2020 and, when their offer is accepted, to send a PDF of the complete text of the paper by 1 May 2021, so that it can be distributed among the participants well in advance of the workshop. During the workshop itself there will be time for a short introduction (ca. 10 minutes) followed by extensive discussion of the paper (ca. 35 minutes). The papers will be published in a volume of the series Hellenistica Groning­ana by Peeters (Leuven). They should not be longer than 20 pages.

Those who wish to take part in the discussions without contributing a paper or wish to act as a respondent are requested to send an e-mail to J.J.H.Klooster@rug.nl  before 1 April 2021.

Speakers are requested to seek funding for travel and accommodation from their own institution first. We hope to be able to cover part of the travel and accommodation expenses of speakers whose universities are unable to cover their costs in full. Should this situation apply to you, please let us know once your abstract has been accepted. Other participants (including respondents) should provide their own funds and budget for a conference fee of €100 (€50 for students), which covers catering (tea, coffee and lunches) and documentation.


Demetrius the Besieger

Demetrius the Besieger offers the first historical and historiographical biography of Demetrius Poliorcetes (336-282 BC) to be published in English. Also known as ‘The Besieger of Cities’, Demetrius is an outstanding, yet enigmatic figure who presided over the disintegration of Alexander the Great’s Empire after 323 BC, and the most fascinating and high profile of the Diadochoi, or Successors to Alexander the Great. His campaigns, initiatives, and personal life bestride the opening forty years of the so-called ‘Hellenistic’ age and are pivotal in its formation as he became the first of the Hellenistic Kings. 

As his name suggests, Demetrius was prodigious in his military adventures, and profligate in his private life, rendering him an icon for artists, writers, politicians, and soldiers for many centuries. He was especially famous for his spectacular siege operations against enemy cities, and gained his unique nickname from his innovation in building gigantic siege engines, which became legendary in the ancient world. However, much of Demetrius’ life was enigmatic, oscillating wildly between successful and catastrophic ventures, and his intrinsic qualities remain debatable to this day. What is indisputable is that he presided over a formative period in history marked by great flux and enormous change. His endeavours resulted in the fusion of Asiatic and Greek cultures, producing the hybrid Hellenistic kingdoms which dominated the ancient world for some 200 years until the rise of the Roman Empire. The period is of crucial importance in ancient Greek history, and marks the point from which Hellenistic influence became fundamental in the development of modern Western culture.


Content :

List of Maps and Figures
List of Abbreviations
1: The Young Demetrius Poliorcetes
2: Demetrius and Phila
3: A Diadoch’s Apprenticeship
4: Demetrius in Syria, 315-312 BC
5: The Battle of Gaza
6: The Aftermath of Gaza
7: Demetrius in Babylonia
8: The Silent Years: 310-308 BC
9: The Antigonid ‘Liberation’ of Athens in 307 BC
10: Demetrius in Athens
11: The Antigonid Campaign in Cyprus, 306 BC
12: The Fruits of Victory: Kingship, Lamia, Africa
13: The Great Siege of Rhodes
14: Demetrius’ Return to Greece, 304-303 BC
15: The Mysteries and the League
16: The Campaign of Ipsus
17: Demetrius’ Flight
18: The Besieger Alone
19: Demetrius and Athens. Again
20: The Acquisition of Macedonia
21: King of the Macedonians
22: Demetrius the Living God
23: A New Anabasis?
24: Wolves at the Door: 288-285 BC
25: Demetrius’ Fortunes Unravel
26: The Final Campaign
27: The End of the Reign of Demetrius Poliorcetes
28: Conclusion
Appendix 1: The Colossus of Rhodes
Appendix 2: Chronology of the Life of Demetrius Poliorcetes (336-282 BC)

Féminités hellénistiques: voix, genre, représentations

ISBN: 9789042940697
E-ISBN: 9789042940703
PAGES: VIII-630 p.
C. Cusset, P. Belanfant, C.-E. Nardone (dir.)

Si le statut de la femme évolue de manière sensible entre l’époque classique et l’époque hellénistique, si certaines femmes jouent un rôle politique important, peut-on dire que dans l’univers poétique alexandrin la place de la femme se transforme ? Cette place de la femme dans la poésie alexandrine concerne les modalités de la prise de parole féminine et les conditions dans lesquelles un discours féminin est prononcé.

Les 25 communications réunies ici s’interrogent sur la dimension politique du discours féminin, sur l’influence du statut familial des femmes dans leur prise de parole, sur la divinisation de la femme de pouvoir, sur la femme comme figure d’altérité, sur les intertextualités du discours féminin marqué par le souvenir de Sappho ou d’Érinna, sur les occupations et fonctions féminines et leurs valeurs symboliques pour dire notamment l’activité poétique assumée par les poétesses et sur l’utilisation du bi-culturalisme gréco-égyptien dans les représentations hellénistiques.


Aitia 9.1 (2019): Le bouvier dans la poésie hellénistique et le roman grec

Sous la direction de Jérôme BASTICK, Christophe CUSSET et Claire VIEILLEVILLE


Dans la poésie bucolique, le bouvier est avec les autres pâtres un personnage essentiel et éminent – à partir de la figure légendaire et fondatrice de Daphnis. La présence du bouvier ne se limite toutefois pas à cet univers générique précis, on le voit peupler l’espace de différents autres genres littéraires depuis Homère et la poésie archaïque.

Les textes réunis dans ce volume mettent en relation deux représentations concurrentes du bouvier dans la poésie hellénistique et dans le roman de l’époque impériale ; ils visent à mettre en lumière les potentialités poétiques, dramatiques et anthropologiques de cette figure pastorale.

L’humilité dans la poésie hellénistique

Nous avons le plaisir de vous annoncer la soutenance de la thèse de Claire-Emmanuelle Nardone sur le sujet : « L’humilité dans la poésie hellénistique ». Elle se déroulera le mercredi 4 mars à 14h30 à l’ENS de Lyon (salle D2 – 002) devant un jury composé de : 

Michel Briand (rapporteur; université de Poitiers), Johann Goeken (rapporteur; université de Strasbourg), Catherine Broc-Schmezer (Présidente; Université Jean Moulin-Lyon 3), Laura Lulli (Università degli Studi dell’Aquila), Massimo Giuseppetti (Università degli Studi Roma Tre), Adele Teresa Cozzoli (co-tutrice; Università degli Studi Roma Tre) et Christophe Cusset (directeur; ENS de Lyon)

Résumé :

Selon Callimaque, l’artiste a pour tâche d’emprunter des sentiers non encore battus par ses prédécesseurs. Explorer de nouveaux chemins de création va de pair avec le fait de chanter une nouvelle catégorie de figures, sociale et poétique : celle des humbles.

L’humilité, c’est-à-dire le caractère de ce qui présente un manque considéré comme un défaut, est à distinguer de la pauvreté, qui n’est liée qu’à la possession des biens. Elle est un élément de caractérisation des figures poétiques et revêt des formes multiples, particulièrement liées aux âges de la vie, à l’apparence et au statut social des personnages, et devient un champ d’expérimentations poétiques pour tous les poètes hellénistiques. Bien qu’aucun terme ne désigne en grec ancien, à l’époque hellénistique, l’humilité et qu’on ne peut, de ce fait, affirmer l’existence d’un concept d’humilité en tant que tel à cette période, les figures caractérisées par l’humilité apparaissent structurées en réseau, par des biais sémantiques, lexicaux et stylistiques. Ce phénomène est particulièrement observable dans les Idylles et les épigrammes de Théocrite, ainsi que dans l’Hécalé et les épigrammes de Callimaque, les Mimiambes d’Hérondas et les épigrammes de Léonidas de Tarente. Ces œuvres, où des figures caractérisées par leur humilité occupent des rôles de premier plan contrairement à ce qui était le cas dans la poésie antérieure, constituent le corpus choisi pour notre étude de manière à permettre l’analyse du traitement de la thématique au sein de genres poétiques divers.

Ce sont les modalités et les enjeux du traitement dont fait l’objet l’humilité dans la poésie hellénistique qui sont ici analysées. Il s’agit de déterminer les critères qui permettent de distinguer des sèmes d’humilité afin de reconstruire ce « concept » omniprésent bien que non nommé, puis, à partir des réseaux de significations liées à l’humilité qui parcourent la poésie hellénistique, de montrer les enjeux métapoétiques que le traitement de ce thème soulève.

Le locus de la mer chez les poètes augustéens : miroir et creuset des mutations poétiques, politiques et morales du début du Principat

Mme Oriane DEMERLIAC, du laboratoire HiSoMA, sous la direction de Mme Bénédicte DELIGNON et de M. Pascal ARNAUD.

mer 04 déc 2019, ENS de Lyon, D2-034, 14h00.

Pour montrer la richesse des représentations poétiques de la mer, l’époque augustéenne constitue un moment clef. Avec Actium, la mer occupe une place nouvelle à Rome et devient un enjeu majeur, lieu de victoires et de pouvoir dans le discours d’Auguste et dans l’imaginaire romain, à un moment de refondation aussi bien politique que morale après les guerres civiles. C’est la manière dont cet objet s’est constitué en tant que catalyseur de toutes les grandes mutations de l’époque augustéenne que la mer retiendra notre attention. D’un point de vue axiologique, la mer reçoit un traitement négatif inédit où la condamnation de la navigation, reliée aux guerres et à la luxuria, s’inspire chez les poètes d’une synthèse entre les influences de la philosophie grecque et de la morale traditionnelle : elle devient le lieu d’expression des passions humaines, de la cupidité à la colère du Prince. Mais les poètes ont aussi été sensibles à l’héritage grec du motif épique de la mer : Virgile, dans l’Enéide, élabore à partir de ce modèle un héroïsme nouveau où prime la pietas, dans des errances où les épreuves maritimes sont désamorcées. Ovide, dans ses Métamorphoses, relit Virgile pour déconstruire la mer de la fabrique des héros. Pourtant, c’est l’élégie qui, en transférant toute ses ambiguïtés à la mer, en fait le mieux le miroir troublant des changements politiques et des mutations morales que connaît Rome au début du Principat : la réélaboration élégiaque du motif épique de la mer est l’occasion du questionnement et de la réaffirmation des valeurs du mos maiorum, d’expérimentations génériques et surtout de la construction d’un nouvel héroïsme en mer, celui d’Auguste à Actium.

Alexandra Rozokoki

Parution de l’ouvrage suivant : 

Alexandra Rozokoki, The negative presentation of the Greeks in Lycophron’s Alexandra and the dating of the poem.


Athens: Ekdoseis Koralli, 2019.

110p., 10,60 €.

ISBN: 9789609542630

The disparagement of the Greeks and the pro-Trojan attitude that pervade the Alexandra, culminating in the encomium to Rome/new Troy (Alex. 1226-82, 1446-50), suggest that the poem was composed for the gratification of the Romans. The segment Alex, 1226-82 alludes to the dominion of the Romans over the Italian peninsula, as this was sealed by the defeat of Pyrrhus (275 BC) and completed with the subordination of the cities of Magna Graecia (272/270 BC). Before Rome could begin further expansion to the East and West, it had first to consolidate its domination of the Italian peninsula, which, once accomplished, was a brilliant achievement. The words γης και θαλάσσης σκήπτρα και μοναρχίαν λαβόντες (Alex. 1229-30) declare that Rome, alone and unopposed, rules the land of Italy (from Pisa. Ariminum, to the Straits of Messina) and the surrounding seas (Adriatic, Ionian, Tyrrhenian). The creator of the Alexandra is the poet and grammarian Lycophron of Chalcis about whom there is evidence that he maintained kinship bonds with Rhegium in Southern Italy. Numerous of the poet’s objectives lying behind the writing of the Alexandra are illuminated through details known about his life as well as via the observations I have made concerning historical events and social conditions of the cities of Magna Graecia from the era of colonization until the 3rd cent. BC: among these are the emphatic reference to Scylla, aversion to anything Locrian, the championing of the Messenian heroes (the Apharetidae) and the criticism of the Spartans’ guile. (From the publisher)

Η υποτίμηση των Ελλήνων και η φιλοτρωική διάθεση που διαπερνά την Αλεξάνδρα με αποκορύφωση το εγκώμιο προς τη Ρώμη/νέα Τροία (Αλεξ. 1226-82. 1446-50) υποδεικνύουν ότι το ποίημα έχει συντεθεί προς ευχαρίστηση των Ρωμαίων. Το κομμάτι Αλεξ. 1226-82 αφορά στην κυριαρχία των Ρωμαίων επί της ιταλικής χερσονήσου, όπως αυτή σφραγίστηκε με την ήττα του Πύρρου (275 π.Χ.) κι ολοκληρώθηκε με την υποταγή των πόλεων της Μ. Ελλάδας (272/270 π.Χ.). Προτού η Ρώμη αρχίσει την περαιτέρω επέκταση προς ανατολάς και δυσμάς, έπρεπε πρώτα να εδραιώσει την κυριαρχία της στην ιταλική χερσόνησο, πράγμα που αποτελούσε μεγάλο κατόρθωμα. Η φράση γης και θαλάσσης σκήπτρα και μοναρχίαν λαβόντες (Αλεξ. 1229-30) υπαινίσσεται ότι η Ρώμη εξουσιάζει μόνη κι ανενόχλητη τη γη της Ιταλίας (από την Πίσα, το Ariminum μέχρι τον πορθμό της Μεσσήνης) και τις γύρω θάλασσες (Αδριατική, Ιόνιο, Τυρρηνικό). Δημιουργός της Αλεξάνδρας είναι ο ποιητής και γραμματικός Λυκόφρων από τη Χαλκίδα, για τον οποίο μαρτυρούνται συγγενικοί δεσμοί με το κατωιταλιωτικό Ρήγιο. Μέσα από βιογραφικά στοιχεία του ποιητή αλλά και μέσα από αναγωγές σε ιστορικά γεγονότα και κοινωνικές καταστάσεις των πόλεων της Μ. Ελλάδας από την εποχή του αποικισμού μέχρι τον 3ο αι. π.Χ., φωτίζονται διάφορα σημεία του ποιήματος όπως είναι η εμφατική αναφορά στη Σκύλλα, η απέχθεια σ’ οτιδήποτε λοκρικό, η προβολή των Μεσσηνίων ηρώων (Αφαρητίδες) και ο ψόγος των Σπαρτιατών ως πανούργων. (Από την παρουσίαση στο οπισθόφυλλο του βιβλίου)




16:15–16:45 h: PROF. TOMÁS SILVA SÁNCHEZ (Universidad de Cádiz) 

“Métrica griega: lápiz, papel, estadísticas y algo más” 

16:45–17:30 h: PROF. LUIS A. GUICHARD (Universidad de Salamanca) 

“Relación entre poesía y prosa en Gregorio de Nacianzo” 

17:30–18:00 h: BREVE PAUSA 

18:00–18:45 h: PROF. IRENE WEISS (Universidad de Mainz) 

“De las hamadríadas como ninfas bucólicas” 

18:45–19:15 h: PROF. CHRISTOPHE CUSSET (ENS de Lyon) 

“De la prose johannique à la poésie nonniene: les méthodes de la paraphrase poétique de Nonnos de Panopolis” 

19:15–19:45 h: PROF. RAFAEL J. GALLÉ CEJUDO (Universidad de Cádiz) 

Frustula elegiaca 

19:45–20:30 h: DEBATE 


16:15–17:00 h: PROF. M.ª PAZ LÓPEZ MARTÍNEZ (Universidad de Alicante) 

“Historias de princesas en los fragmentos de la novela griega I“ 

17:00–17:45 h: PROF. CONSUELO RUIZ MONTERO (Universidad de Murcia) 

“Historias de princesas en los fragmentos de la novela griega II” 

17:45–18:15 h: BREVE PAUSA 

18:15–19:00 h: PROF. SILVIA BARBANTANI (Universidad Sacro Cuore de Milán) 

“Apollonius of Rhodes between prose and poetry” 

19:00–19:30 h: PROF. MANUEL SÁNCHEZ ORTIZ DE LANDALUCE (Universidad de Cádiz) 

“Notas sobre el σοφός en la Antología Palatina 

19:30–20:30 h: DEBATE Y CLAUSURA

Programa VI Jornadas Literatura helenistica 2019

Callimachus Revisited. New Perspectives in Callimachean Scholarship

Editors:  Klooster J.J.H., Harder M.A., Regtuit R.F., Wakker G.C.

Year: 2019
ISBN: 978-90-429-3850-2
Pages: VI-394 p.
Price: 83 EURO

This special volume of the Hellenistica Groningana, in honour of the achievements and career of Professor M.A. Harder revisits the poetry of Callimachus (theme of two earlier Hellenistic Workshops).

A number of renowned international scholars in the field of Hellenistic studies reflect on new perspectives in Callimachean scholarship, inspired among others by Annette Harder’s 2012 edition of Callimachus’ Aetia. Their questions aim to contextualize and analyze Callimachus’ poetry in novel ways, inspired by both new literary theory and historical insights and a solid body of existing scholarship. How do Callimachus’ learned elegies relate to the genre of didactic poetry? How do his aetiological narratives straddle the border between fiction and reality? What is their basis in Hellenistic scholarship, and in Near Eastern or Egyptian poetic traditions? How and why do later Greek poets incorporate Callimachean poetics, and so facilitate his reception in Latin poetry? What is Callimachus’ attitude to gods and divine rulers in his hymnic poetry? These and many more questions are addressed, creating new perspectives in Callimachean scholarship, as the title indicates.