A Companion to Greek Literature, 1st Edition by Hose, Martin; Schenker, David J

By Hose, Martin; Schenker, David J

A better half to Greek Literature offers a complete creation to the wide variety of texts and literary types produced within the Greek language over the process a millennium starting from the sixth century BCE as much as the early years of the Byzantine Empire.

  • Features contributions from a variety of demonstrated specialists and rising students of Greek literature
  • Offers entire insurance of the numerous genres and literary varieties produced by way of the traditional Greeks—including epic and lyric poetry, oratory, historiography, biography, philosophy, the radical, and technical literature
  • Includes readings that tackle the construction and transmission of historical Greek texts, historical reception, person authors, and masses more
  • Explores the topic of historic Greek literature in leading edge ways

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Princeton, NJ. ‐L. 1999. Hellénisme dans l’Égypte du VIe siècle. La bibliothèque et l’oeuvre de Dioscore d’Aphrodité. Cairo. Fraser, P. M. 1972. Ptolemaic Alexandria. Oxford. Gardthausen V. 1913. Griechische Palaeographie. Vol. 2, 2nd edn. Leipzig. Gigante, M. 1995. Philodemus in Italy. The Books from Herculaneum. Translated by D. Obbink. Ann Arbor, MI. Gold, B. K. 1987. Literary Patronage in Greece and Rome. Chapel Hill, NC. Grafton, A. and M. Williams. 2006. Christianity and the Transformation of the Book.

Egypt has preserved a much larger number of Greek texts written on pottery, starting with the early Hellenistic age. Most of them are documentary – tax or payment receipts, letters, notes, accounts –, but literary texts are also well represented. Schoolboys could improve their writing skills practicing on ostraka, instead of tablets, and teachers sometimes wrote poetry or prose texts on pottery sherds which their students had to transcribe (Cribiore 1996, 63–4). Pottery sherds were a popular writing material because they were abundant and free; it was thus convenient to use them even for official bureaucratic tasks.

Their contribution to the survival of Greek civilization was very important, even if their works are irremediably lost. And pure orality could also be a choice for intellectuals in the highest cultural circles of their time. Again, good examples can be found in philosophic milieux. The stoic Epictetus never wrote a single line of his meditations; what we have from him is a selection of lessons collected and transcribed from notes by his disciple Arrian, who also assembled the Enchiridion, a collection of sentiments much appreciated by Romantic poets.

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