Theocritus: Encomium of Ptolemy Philadelphus

Richard Hunter


lower than Ptolemy II Philadelphus, who governed Egypt in the midst of the 3rd century B.C.E., Alexandria grew to become the intense multicultural capital of the Greek international. Theocritus's poem in compliment of Philadelphus—at as soon as a Greek king and an Egyptian pharaoh—is the single prolonged poetic tribute to this impressive ruler that survives. Combining the Greek textual content, an English translation, an entire line-by-line remark, and wide introductory experiences of the poem's historic and literary context, this quantity additionally deals a wide-ranging and far-reaching attention of the workings and illustration of poetic patronage within the Ptolemaic age. particularly, the ebook explores the delicate and complicated hyperlinks between Theocritus's poem, modes of compliment drawn from either Greek and Egyptian traditions, and the next flowering of Latin poetry within the Augustan age.

As the 1st unique account of this significant poem to teach how Theocritus may have drawn at the pharaonic traditions of Egypt in addition to prior Greek poetry, this ebook presents certain perception into how compliment poetry for Ptolemy and his spouse could have helped to barter the difference of Greek tradition that modified stipulations of the recent Hellenistic global. useful for its transparent translation and its observation on style, dialect, diction, and historic reference when it comes to Theocritus's Encomium, the ebook is usually major for what it finds concerning the poem's cultural and social contexts and approximately Theocritus' units for addressing his numerous readerships.

COVER photo: the picture at the entrance hide of this e-book is incorrectly pointed out at the jacket flap. the proper caption is: Gold Oktadrachm depicting Ptolemy II and Arsinoe (mid-third century BCE; by means of permission of the Museum of good Arts, Boston).

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