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Lesley Dean-Jones, Chair 2210 Speedway, Mail Code C3400, Austin, TX 78712-1738 • 512-471-5742

Spring 2005

GK 324 • Greek Poetry

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
29875 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
WAG 112

Course Description

In this class we will be reading selections from Hellenistic Greek poetry, that is, the sophisticated poetry produced primarily in Alexandria during the 3rd and 2nd centuries BCE. Authors include Callimachus, Apollonius of Rhodes, Theocritus, and others - texts range from epic to epigram to hymns to pastoral. The Alexandrian poets reworked the traditional poetic forms of predecessors such as Homer and Pindar in new and innovative ways, and were in turn an important influence on the Latin poets, such as Virgil and Catullus, who followed them. We will also learn about the contexts in which these poems were produced: Ptolemaic Egypt, the Library of Alexandria, etc.

Grading Policy

2 midterms 25% each, 1 Final 40% Class Participation/Homework 10%


N, Hopkinson (ed.) A Hellenistic Anthology. Cambridge


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