Belonging and Isolation in the Hellenistic World by Sheila Ager, Reimer Faber

By Sheila Ager, Reimer Faber

The Hellenistic interval used to be a time of exceptional cultural alternate. within the wake of Alexander’s conquests, Greeks and Macedonians started to stumble upon new peoples, new principles, and new methods of existence; for that reason, this period is mostly thought of to were considered one of unrivaled cosmopolitanism. for lots of participants, notwithstanding, the broadening of horizons introduced with it an id concern and a feeling of being adrift in an international that had passed through an intensive structural change.

Belonging and Isolation within the Hellenistic World offers essays by way of major overseas students who examine how the cosmopolitanism of the Hellenistic age additionally caused tensions among members and groups, and among the small local people and the mega-community of oikoumene, or ‘the inhabited earth.’ With various social, creative, fiscal, political, and literary views, the members supply a full of life exploration of  the tensions and possibilities of lifestyles within the Hellenistic Mediterranean.

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307, cf. also 620). Was Cyprus, then, an isolated cultural backwater? That is the question we should keep in mind as we look at this poet’s remains. In fact, the five choliambic lines tell us a good deal about Hermeias’s qualities as a poet, and they certainly contain clues about the time in which he lived, his education, and awareness of the iambographic tradition. The fragment is a fierce attack on Stoics and, in all likelihood, also on their founder, his fellow Cypriot Zeno of Kition. Its terminus post quem is thus the foundation of the Stoic school by Zeno around 300 BC.

Last but not least, the epitaph series starts with an anonymous epigram, Anth. Pal. 416, which may or may not be by Meleager himself, but which is doubtlessly in the spirit of the other poems and makes use of the same imagery: Εὐκράτεω Μελέαγρον ἔχω, ξένε, τὸν σὺν Ἔρωτι / καὶ Μούσαις κεράσανθ’ ἡδυλόγους Xάριτας (I hold Meleager, the son of Eukrates, stranger, he who has mixed the sweet-speaking Graces with Eros and the Muses). The Graces mentioned in these poems (cf. also Anth. Pal. 6) refer to Meleager’s collection of Menippean satires, which bore the title Charites (cf.

After listing numerous epigrammatists whose poems the reader is about to encounter in the Garland – each is identified with a flower or another kind of plant – Meleager characterizes his own writings as πρώιμα λευκόια or ‘early growing white violets’ (Anth. Pal. 56). At first glance the λευκόιον seems to evoke only one of the two colours: white (λευκός). However, the flower’s name might incorporate a hidden reference to its dark counterpart. 36 Is the term λευκόιον, then, not a sort of oxymoron that combines black and white in the same manner as Mele-agros (though in reverse order)?

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