GK 324 • Greek Poetry
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
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.
2 midterms 25% each, 1 Final 40% Class Participation/Homework 10%
N, Hopkinson (ed.) A Hellenistic Anthology. Cambridge