Callimachus in Context: From Plato to the Augustan Poets by Benjamin Acosta-Hughes,Susan A. Stephens

By Benjamin Acosta-Hughes,Susan A. Stephens

Scholarly reception has bequeathed Callimachuses: the Roman model is a poet of stylish non-heroic poetry (usually erotic elegy), represented through a handful of intertexts with a ordinary set of pictures - narrow Muse, teaching divinity, small voice, natural waters; the Greek model emphasizes a discovered pupil who contains literary feedback inside of his poetry, an encomiast of the Ptolemies, a poet of the e-book whose narratives are frequently understood as metapoetic. This learn goals to situate those Callimachuses inside of a sequence of interlocking old and highbrow contexts so as higher to appreciate how they arose. during this narrative of his poetics and poetic reception 4 major resources of inventive opportunism are pointed out: Callimachus' reactions to philosophers and literary critics as arbiters of poetic authority, the possibility of the textual content as a venue for functionality, understanding of Alexandria as a brand new position, and eventually, his charm for Roman poets.

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