Hellenistic Poetry


in Homosexuality in Greece and Rome

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780520223813
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936508 | DOI:
Hellenistic Poetry

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The poets treated in this chapter came from a stunning variety of places: Libya (Callimachus), Sicily (Theocritus), southern Italy (Nossis), Syria (Meleager), Asia Minor (Strato), and Crete (Rhianus). Hellenistic poetry and art differed from that of the archaic and classical periods in the attention it gave to realism and even the grotesque in preference to idealization of the human figure and society. Lesbianism is less often in evidence as a theme. The greatest flowering of the Hellenistic epigram actually occurred long after the first generation of poets. Fragments from AP, Diegesis to Iamb, Idyll, Collectanea Alexandrina, Mimiamb, and Anacreontea are also presented.

Keywords: Hellenistic poetry; Diegesis to Iamb; Idyll; Collectanea Alexandrina; Mimiamb; Anacreontea; Callimachus; Theocritus; Nossis; Meleager

Chapter.  14547 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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