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.

Dramatic Poetry in the Hellenistic Period and its Influence on later Greek and Latin Literature – CfP

The Semana de Estudos sobre o Período Helenístico is a biannual international conference organized by the research group Hellenistica (USP/CNPq). The event’s purpose is the promotion and diffusion of current researches on Hellenistic studies in Brazil. Its sixth edition will take place on 10-11th. March 2020, and this time its theme is Dramatic Poetry in the Hellenistic Period and its Influence on later Greek and Latin Literature. It will be held at Faculdade de Filosofia Letras e Ciências Humanas of the Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil (FFLCH-USP). The conference aims at discussing the different dramatic genres explored during this period (tragedy, comedy, mime etc.) and their role as a possible model to subsequent dramatic poetry. We are honoured to announce that Elena Esposito (Università degli Studi dela Basilicata), Ioannis Konstantakos (National & Kapodistrian University of Athens), Isabella Tardin Cardoso (UNICAMP), and Renata Cazarini (UFF) are among the confirmed speakers.

Call for Papers

Researchers interested in taking part in the conference are kindly asked to send abstract proposals by 4th. November 2019. All proposals will be examined by the Committee and must include:

Title and Abstract (max. 300 words; accepted languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese)

Name of the author(s)

Academic or Institutional Affiliation


Contact for sending proposals on this link.

All talks should last 25 minutes. Other 10 minutes will be granted for debate.

Additional Information:


Fernando Rodrigues Junior (USP)

Breno Battistin Sebastiani (USP/CNPq)

Bárbara da Costa e Silva (USP)

Flavia Fernandes Benini (USP)

Flávia Vasconcellos Amaral (USP/University of Toronto)

Sâmea Rancovas Giraldes (USP)

José Leonilson Fontes Filho (USP)