Encomium of Ptolemy Philadelphus
Publication Year: 2003
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 Invaluable for its clear translation and its commentary on genre, dialect, diction, and historical reference in relation to Theocritus's Encomium, the book is also significant for what it reveals about the poem's cultural and social contexts and about Theocritus'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).
Published by: University of California Press
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Title Page, Copyright
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Theocritus’s Encomium of Ptolemy is not one of his best-known orseemed, at least to me, self-evident. How far this book goes towardwhere I am, at best, a novice, and the advice of friends has beenlier versions of some or all of the typescript, and their observa-would also like to thank Kate Toll of the University of California...
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Theocritus’s Idyll 17 (EP)1 celebrates Ptolemy II “Philadelphus,”2throne in his own right on Soter’s death in 283/2; he died in 246,to be succeeded by his son Ptolemy III “Euergetes.” Much of thewhich also saw the full flourishing of literary and scientific schol-1. The conventional modern numbering of all of the Idylls derives from ...
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Encomium of Ptolemy Philadelphus: THEOCRITUS
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...the Persians. (20) Facing them is established the seat of centaur-one’s children when going with love to the bed of a loving wife;kindliness to all mortals she inspires gentle loves, and easy tothe releaser of girdles; the goddess, well disposed, stood besidewith the aid of Zeus’s rain, but no land is as productive as low-...
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...1–12 Proem. The twelve-verse proem falls into three quatrains,demarcated by the absence of connecting particles in vv. 5 and 9,Each quatrain, however, is also centrally divided into two couplets,in a pattern that allows both the central hierarchy and the way itAlready, then, as the proem establishes apparently discrete cate-...
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Index of Greek Words
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Further Reading, Production Notes
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Page Count: 238
Publication Year: 2003
Series Title: Hellenistic Culture and Society