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Lykophron's Alexandra, Rome, and the Hellenistic world

Author: Simon Hornblower
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, ©2018 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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The 'Alexandra' attributed to Lykophron is a notoriously difficult poem but one that sheds crucial light on Greek religion, foundation myths, and myths of colonial identity. This book asserts its importance as a strongly political and historical document, and argues that the probable decade of its composition was a turning-point in Roman history.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Named Person: Lycophron.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Hornblower
ISBN: 0198723687 9780198723684
OCLC Number: 1006793323
Description: xx, 254 pages : maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: pt. I Lykophron's Geopolitical World --
1. Hellenistic Kingdoms: Cities and Federations of Old Greece --
(i). Introduction --
(a). Date and horizon of the poem --
(ii). Hellenistic kingdoms --
(a). tyrants of the Western Mediterranean --
(b). Alexander --
(c). Antigonids --
(d). Seleukids --
(e). Attalids --
(f). Ptolemies; Lykophron and Egypt --
(iii). cities and federations (leagues) of Old Greece --
(a). cities --
Athens and Attika; the Athenian colonization of Miletos --
Thebes and Boiotia --
Sparta and Messenia --
(b). federations: Boiotian, Aitolian, Lokrian --
(iv). Conclusion --
2. Sicily and Magna Graecia (South Italy) --
(i). Sicily --
(ii). Italy --
(a). Epizephyrian Lokroi --
(b). Kaulonia --
(c). Skylletion, Kroton, Petelia, and Temesa (Tempsa) --
(d). Lagaria and Thourioi --
(e). Daunia --
3. Rhodes --
Annex: The Lindian `Chronicle' --
4. Campania, Latium, and Rome --
(i). Campania --
(ii). Latium and Rome --
(iii). Where is Dido? --
Annex: The Aineias section --
pt. II Cultural and Religious Contexts --
5. Sibylline Oracles and Other Apocalyptic Literature --
(i). Introduction --
(ii). Sibylline Oracles, especially the Third --
(iii). Phlegon of Tralles --
(iv). Book of Daniel --
v). `Oracle of the Potter' --
vi). Polybius? --
vii). Conclusion --
6. Culture, Religion, and Myths of Identity in the Alexandra --
(i). Introduction --
(ii). Hektor's bones (again) --
(iii). Lokrian maidens --
(iv). Cult epithets: Smintheus, Mamertos, Mamersa --
v). Myths of identity --
(a). Rome --
(b). Krete and Karia --
(c). Cyprus, the two places called Salamis, and Sparta --
(vi). Concluding remarks --
Annex A Lykophron on Hektor's bones --
Annex B Lykophron on the Lokrian maidens --
Annex C Lokrian maidens inscription: text and translation --
7. Conclusion --
(i). political poem --
(ii). 190s BC and Hannibal's legacy --
(iii). intended audience or readership of the Alexandra.
Responsibility: Simon Hornblower.

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