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books, poetic

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The accelerated rise of the book-roll in the 4th and 3rd cents. bc has artistic consequences which are first strongly felt in the Alexandrian Library. The scholar-poets who classify and ...

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Cos

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A fertile island in the SE Aegean, on the north–south trading route along the coast of Anatolia and onwards to Cyprus, Syria, and Egypt. The island was colonized, in the Dark Age, by...

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glossa, glossary

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In Greek literary criticism glōssai (lit. ‘tongues’, γλω̑σσαι) meant any words or expressions (not being mere neologisms or metaphors) ἃ οὐ̑δεὶς ἂν εἴποι ἐν τῃ̑ διαλέκτῳ...

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Hermesianax

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Of Colophon, Greek poet of the early 3rd cent. bc, pupil and friend of Philitas, author of Leontion and possibly also of Persica (fr. 12 Powell). Leontion (the title was apparently the name...

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Latin elegiac poetry

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Ennius introduced the elegiac couplet (see metre, greek, 3, 4) into Latin. The careers of Catullus and Ovid bound the elegiac genre's most concentrated and distinctive period of Roman...

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paignion

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The Greek equivalent of jeu d'esprit: an equivocal literary-critical label applied to various writings by their critics (dismissively) or their authors (apologetically or tongue-in-cheek)....

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Straton

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New Comedy poet (see comedy (Greek), New). The only extant fragment is a skit upon glossomania, with the speaker describing a conversation with a cook in which the latter's fondness ...

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Theocritus

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Greek poet from Syracuse, early 3rd cent. bc; creator of the bucolic genre, but a writer who drew inspiration from many earlier literary forms, cleverly blending them into a new amalgam,...

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Zēnodotus

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Of Ephesus (b. c.325 bc), pupil of Philitas, became the first head of the Library at Alexandria (c.284) and undertook the classification of the Greek epic and lyric poets, some of whom he...

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