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Supplying extraordinary scope, A spouse to Hellenistic Literature in 30 newly commissioned essays explores the social and highbrow contexts of literature creation within the Hellenistic interval, and examines the connection among Hellenistic and past literature. presents a breathtaking severe exam of Hellenistic literature, together with the works of well–respected poets along lesser–known historic, philosophical, and clinical prose of the interval Explores how the indigenous literatures of Hellenized lands inspired Greek literature and the way Greek literature stimulated Jewish, close to jap, Egyptian, and Roman literary works.

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It was also shortly after Actium that Dionysius of Halicarnassus arrived in Rome, an event that provides an appropriate book-end to a chapter in literary history whose beginning was marked by the deaths of Aristotle and Demosthenes. The city in which Dionysius arrived must have looked to him very much like a Hellenistic metropolis. It was filled with Greek sculptures and paintings, peripteral temples in foreign marble instead of the local stone, public buildings and porticos faced with Corinthian columns and ornate entablatures.

Indeed so strong was the need to maintain some form of belief in the existence of a unified Macedonian Empire that Alexander IV’s regnal years continued to be used for dating purposes in both Babylon and Egypt until 306/ 5, several years after his death. In 306 Antigonus, perhaps predictably, was the first to claim the royal title for himself, but his rivals soon followed suit. This marked the end of any pretense that Alexander’s empire still existed, and opened the way for the development of separate kingdoms and their accompanying royal ideologies.

A similar ploy can be seen in the Alexander Romance, in its origin a product of Ptolemaic Egypt, where Nectanebo, the last pharaoh of Egypt, goes to the court of Philip II and impregnates Olympias with Alexander, persuading her that she would be sleeping with Amun. Accordingly, Alexander and his successors could be seen as the natural successors of indigenous rulers (Dieleman and Moyer). The strategy is also employed in the Babyloniaca, written by Bel-re’-ushu (Berossus). In this historical work, the Seleucids were portrayed as the final stage in the succession of empires stretching back to Nabopolassar and his son Nebuchadnezzar (Knippschild).

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