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Encomium of Ptolemy Philadelphus

Author: Theocritus.; R L Hunter
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2003.
Series: Hellenistic culture and society, 39.
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Under Ptolemy II Philadelphus, who ruled Egypt in the middle of the third century B.C.E., Alexandria became the brilliant multicultural capital of the Greek world. Theocritus's poem in praise of Philadelphus--at once a Greek king and an Egyptian pharaoh--is the only extended poetic tribute to this extraordinary ruler that survives. Combining the Greek text, an English translation, a full line-by-line commentary, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Poetry
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Theocritus.
Encomium of Ptolemy Philadelphus.
Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2003
(DLC) 2002073272
(OCoLC)50645448
Named Person: Ptolemy, King of Egypt; Ptolemy, King of Egypt.; Ptolemy, King of Egypt.
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Theocritus.; R L Hunter
ISBN: 9780520929371 0520929373 1417525665 9781417525669 9780520235601 0520235606
OCLC Number: 56028105
Language Note: Parallel text in Greek and English, with English introduction and commentary.
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 226 pages).
Contents: Cover --
Contents --
Preface --
Conventions and Abbreviations --
INTRODUCTION --
1. Beginning from Zeus --
2. Genre --
3. Poets and Patrons --
4. An Egyptian Dimension? --
5. The Language of the Encomium --
6. The Meter of the Encomium --
7. A Note on the Transmission of the Text --
SIGLA --
Encomium of Ptolemy Philadelphus: THEOCRITUS --
COMMENTARY --
References --
General Index --
A --
B --
C --
D --
E --
F --
G --
H --
I --
K --
L --
M --
N --
O --
P --
R --
S --
T --
V --
W --
Z --
Index of Greek Words --
Index Locorum.
Series Title: Hellenistic culture and society, 39.
Other Titles: Idylls.
Responsibility: Theocritus ; text and translation with introduction and commentary by Richard Hunter.

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Under Ptolemy II Philadelphus, who ruled Egypt in the middle of the third century B.C.E., Alexandria became the brilliant multicultural capital of the Greek world. Theocritus's poem in praise of Philadelphus--at once a Greek king and an Egyptian pharaoh--is the only extended poetic tribute to this extraordinary ruler that survives. Combining the Greek text, an English translation, a full line-by-line commentary, and extensive introductory studies of the poem's historical and literary context, this volume also offers a wide-ranging and far-reaching consideration of the workings and representation of poetic patronage in the Ptolemaic age. In particular, the book explores the subtle and complex links among Theocritus's poem, modes of praise drawn from both Greek and Egyptian traditions, and the subsequent flowering of Latin poetry in the Augustan age. As the first detailed account of this important poem to show how Theocritus might have drawn on the pharaonic traditions of Egypt as well as earlier Greek poetry, this book affords unique insight into how praise poetry for Ptolemy and his wife may have helped to negotiate the adaptation of Greek culture that changed conditions of the new Hellenistic world. Invaluable for its clear translation and its commentary on genre, dialect, diction, and historical reference in relation to Theocritus's Encomium, the book is also significant for what it reveals about the poem's cultural and social contexts and about Theocritus' devices for addressing his several readerships. COVER IMAGE: The image on the front cover of this book is incorrectly identified on the jacket flap. The correct caption is: Gold Oktadrachm depicting Ptolemy II and Arsinoe (mid-third century BCE; by permission of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston).

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