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Hellenistic Studies at a Crossroads

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ISBN 13 : 3110368137
Pages : 387 pages
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Download Hellenistic Studies at a Crossroads PDF Format Full Free by Richard Hunter and published by Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG. This book was released on 2014-01-01 with total page 387 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This volume brings together fifteen papers which address key issues in the field of Hellenistic studies. In using modern critical approaches, the authors discuss the genre, style, narrative and aesthetics of post-classical literature and highlight its cultural and ideological contexts. By reassessing conventional views and methods the volume aims at providing new insights into Hellenistic literature.


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Greek Epigram from the Hellenistic to the Early Byzantine Era

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ISBN 13 : 0198836821
Pages : 460 pages
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Download Greek Epigram from the Hellenistic to the Early Byzantine Era PDF Format Full Free by Maria Kanellou and published by Oxford University Press, USA. This book was released on 2019 with total page 460 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Greek epigram is a remarkable poetic form. The briefest of all ancient Greek genres, it is also the most resilient: for almost a thousand years it attracted some of the finest Greek poetic talents as well as exerting a profound interest on Latin literature, and it continues to inspire and influence modern translations and imitations. After a long period of neglect, research on epigram has surged during recent decades, and this volume draws on the fruits of that renewed scholarly engagement. It is concerned not with the work of individual authors or anthologies, but with the evolution of particular subgenres over time, and provides a selection of in-depth treatments of key aspects of Greek literary epigram of the Hellenistic, Roman, and early Byzantine periods.0Individual chapters offer insights into a variety of topics, from explorations of the dynamic interactions between poets and their predecessors and contemporaries, and of the relationship between epigram and its socio-political, cultural, and literary background from the third century BCE up until the sixth century CE, to its interaction with its origins, inscribed epigram more generally, other literary genres, the visual arts, and Latin poetry, as well as the process of editing and compilation which generated the collections which survived into the modern world. Through the medium of individual studies the volume as a whole seeks to offer a sense of this vibrant and dynamic poetic form and its world which will be of value to scholars and students of Greek epigram and classical literature more broadly.


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Theocritus and his native Muse

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ISBN 13 : 3110615274
Pages : 375 pages
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Download Theocritus and his native Muse PDF Format Full Free by Poulheria Kyriakou and published by Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG. This book was released on 2018-10-08 with total page 375 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Hellenistic poets opted and were very likely expected to deal meaningfully, and perhaps competitively, with the tradition they inherited. They also needed to secure the goodwill of actual or potential patrons. Apollonius, the author of a novel heroic epic, eschews references to literary polemics and patronage. Callimachus often adopts a polemical stance against some colleagues in order to suggest his poetic excellence. Theocritus chooses a third way, which has not been investigated adequately. He avoids antagonism but ironizes the theme of poetic excellence and distances himself from the tradition of competitive success. He does not cast his narrators as superior to predecessors and contemporaries but stresses the advantages and merits of colleagues. This rejection of conceit is connected with a major strand in Theocritean poetry: the power of word, including song, to provide assistance to characters in distress is a major open issue. Language is versatile and potent but not all-powerful. Song gives pleasure but is not a panacea while instruction and advice are never helpful and may even prove harmful. Most genuine pieces are ambiguous and open-ended so that the aspirations of characters are not presented as doomed to failure.


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Time in Ancient Stories of Origin

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ISBN 13 : 0198843836
Pages : 291 pages
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Download Time in Ancient Stories of Origin PDF Format Full Free by Anke Walter and published by Oxford University Press, USA. This book was released on 2020-06-30 with total page 291 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Greek and Roman stories of origin, or aetia, provide a fascinating window onto ancient conceptions of time. Aetia pervade ancient literature at all its stages, and connect the past with the present by telling us which aspects of the past survive "even now" or "ever since then". Yet, while the standard aetiological formulae remain surprisingly stable over time, the understanding of time that lies behind stories of origin undergoes profound changes. By studying a broad range of texts and by closely examining select stories of origin from archaic Greece, Hellenistic Greece, Augustan Rome, and early Christian literature, Time in Ancient Stories of Origin traces the changing forms of stories of origin and the underlying changing attitudes to time: to the interaction of the time of gods and men, to historical time, to change and continuity, as well as to a time beyond the present one. Walter provides a model of how to analyse the temporal construction of aetia, by combining close attention to detail with a view towards the larger temporal agenda of each work. In the process, new insights are provided both into some of the best-known aetiological works of antiquity (e.g. by Hesiod, Callimachus, Vergil, Ovid) and lesser-known works (e.g. Ephorus, Prudentius, Orosius). This volume shows that aetia do not merely convey factual information about the continuity of the past, but implicate the present in ever new complex messages about time.


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Tragic Failures

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ISBN 13 : 3110480638
Pages : 261 pages
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Download Tragic Failures PDF Format Full Free by Evina Sistakou and published by Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG. This book was released on 2016-07-11 with total page 261 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This is the first study considering the reception of Greek tragedy and the transformation of the tragic idea in Hellenistic poetry. The focus is on third-century Alexandria, where the Ptolemies fostered tragedy as a theatrical form for public entertainment and as an official genre cultivated by the Pleiad, whereas the scholars of the Museum were commissioned to edit and comment on the classical tragic texts. More importantly, the notion of the tragic was adapted to the literary trends of the era. Released from the strict rules established by Aristotle about what makes a good tragedy, the major poets of the Alexandrian avant-garde struggled to transform the tragic idea and integrate it into non-dramatic genres. Tragic Failures traces the incorporation of the tragic idea in the poetry of Callimachus and Theocritus, in Apollonius’ epic Argonautica, in the iambic Alexandra, in late Hellenistic poetry and in Parthenius’ Erotika Pathemata. It offers a fascinating insight into the new conception of the tragic dilemmas in the context of Alexandrian aesthetics.


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Textual Events

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Publisher : Oxford University Press
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ISBN 13 : 0192528386
Pages : 328 pages
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Download Textual Events PDF Format Full Free by Felix Budelmann and published by Oxford University Press. This book was released on 2018-03-16 with total page 328 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Recent decades have seen a major expansion in our understanding of how early Greek lyric functioned in its social, political, and ritual contexts, and the fundamental role song played in the day-to-day lives of communities, groups, and individuals has been the object of intense study. This volume places its focus elsewhere, and attempts to illuminate poetic effects that cannot be captured in functional terms alone. Employing a range of interpretative methods, it explores the idea of lyric performances as 'textual events'. Some chapters investigate the pragmatic relationship between real performance contexts and imaginative settings, while others consider how lyric poems position themselves in relation to earlier texts and textual traditions, or discuss the distinctive encounters lyric poems create between listeners, authors, and performers. Individual lyric texts and authors, such as Sappho, Alcaeus, and Pindar, are analysed in detail, alongside treatments of the relationship between lyric and the Homeric Hymns. Building on the renewed concern with the aesthetic in the study of Greek lyric and beyond, Textual Events aims to re-examine the relationship between the poems' formal features and their historical contexts. Lyric poems are a type of socio-political discourse, but they are also objects of attention in themselves. They enable reflection on social and ritual practices as much as they are embedded within in them, but as well as expressing cultural norms, lyric challenges listeners to think about and experience the world afresh.


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The Oxford Handbook of Hesiod

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ISBN 13 : 0190905360
Pages : 688 pages
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Download The Oxford Handbook of Hesiod PDF Format Full Free by Alexander Loney and published by Oxford University Press. This book was released on 2018-07-26 with total page 688 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This volume brings together 29 junior and senior scholars to discuss aspects of Hesiod's poetry and its milieu and to explore questions of reception over two and half millennia from shortly after the poems' conception to Twitter hashtags. Rather than an exhaustive study of Hesiodic themes, the Handbook is conceived as a guide through terrain, some familiar, other less charted, examining both Hesiodic craft and later engagements with Hesiod's stories of the gods and moralizing proscriptions of just human behavior. The volume opens with the "Hesiodic Question," to address questions of authorship, historicity, and the nature of composition of Hesiod's two major poems, the Theogony and Works and Days. Subsequent chapters on the archaeology and economic history of archaic Boiotia, Indo-European poetics, and Hesiodic style offer a critical picture of the sorts of questions that have been asked rather than an attempt to resolve debate. Other chapters discuss Hesiod's particular rendering of the supernatural and the performative nature of the Works and Days, as well as competing diachronic and synchronic temporalities and varying portrayals of female in the two poems. The rich story of reception ranges from Solon to comic books. These chapters continue to explore the nature of Hesiod's poetics, as different writers through time single out new aspects of his art less evident to earlier readers. Long before the advent of Christianity, classical writers leveled their criticism at Hesiod's version of polytheism. The relative importance of Hesiod's two major poems across time also tells us a tale of the age receiving the poems. In the past two centuries, artists and writers have come to embrace the Hesiodic stories for themselves for the insight they offer of the human condition but even as old allegory looks quaint to modern eyes new forms of allegory take form.


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Euhemerism and Its Uses

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Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN 13 : 1000356604
Pages : 330 pages
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Download Euhemerism and Its Uses PDF Format Full Free by Syrithe Pugh and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2021-03-18 with total page 330 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Euhemerism and Its Uses offers the first interdisciplinary, focussed, and all-round view of the long history of an important but understudied phenomenon in European intellectual and cultural history. Euhemerism – the claim that the Greek gods were historically mortal men and women – originated in the early third century BCE, in an enigmatic and now fragmentary text by the otherwise unknown author Euhemeros. This work, the Sacred Inscription, has been read variously as a theory of religion, an atheist’s manifesto, as justifying or satirizing ruler-worship, as a fantasy travel-narrative, and as an early ‘utopia’. Influencing Hellenistic and Roman literature and religious and political thought, and appropriated by early Christians to debunk polytheism while simultaneously justifying the continued study of classical literature, euhemerism was widespread in the middle ages and Renaissance, and its reverberations continue to be felt in modern myth-theory. Yet, though frequently invoked as a powerful and pervasive tradition across several disciplines, it is still under-examined and poorly understood. Filling an important gap in the history of ideas, this volume will appeal to scholars and students of classical reception, mediaeval and Renaissance literature, historiography, and theories of myth and religion.


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A Companion to Ancient Epigram

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Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
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ISBN 13 : 1118841727
Pages : 732 pages
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Download A Companion to Ancient Epigram PDF Format Full Free by Christer Henriksén and published by John Wiley & Sons. This book was released on 2019-02-12 with total page 732 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A delightful look at the epic literary history of the short, poetic genre of the epigram From Nestor’s inscribed cup to tombstones, bathroom walls, and Twitter tweets, the ability to express oneself concisely and elegantly, continues to be an important part of literary history unlike any other. This book examines the entire history of the epigram, from its beginnings as a purely epigraphic phenomenon in the Greek world, where it moved from being just a note attached to physical objects to an actual literary form of expression, to its zenith in late 1st century Rome, and further through a period of stagnation up to its last blooming, just before the beginning of the Dark Ages. A Companion to Ancient Epigram offers the first ever full-scale treatment of the genre from a broad international perspective. The book is divided into six parts, the first of which covers certain typical characteristics of the genre, examines aspects that are central to our understanding of epigram, and discusses its relation to other literary genres. The subsequent four parts present a diachronic history of epigram, from archaic Greece, Hellenistic Greece, and Latin and Greek epigrams at Rome, all the way up to late antiquity, with a concluding section looking at the heritage of ancient epigram from the Middle Ages up to modern times. Provides a comprehensive overview of the history of the epigram The first single-volume book to examine the entire history of the genre Scholarly interest in Greek and Roman epigram has steadily increased over the past fifty years Looks at not only the origins of the epigram but at the later literary tradition A Companion to Ancient Epigram will be of great interest to scholars and students of literature, world literature, and ancient and general history. It will also be an excellent addition to the shelf of any public and university library.


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Pindar's Library

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ISBN 13 : 0198745737
Pages : 341 pages
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Download Pindar's Library PDF Format Full Free by Tom Phillips and published by Oxford University Press. This book was released on 2016 with total page 341 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The book was published in late 2015, but the year of publication and copyright is given as 2016 on the title-page verso.


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Hesiod's Verbal Craft

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ISBN 13 : 0198807716
Pages : 385 pages
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Download Hesiod's Verbal Craft PDF Format Full Free by Athanassios Vergados and published by Oxford University Press, USA. This book was released on 2020-06-16 with total page 385 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This novel, ground-breaking study aims to define Hesiod's place in early Greek intellectual history by exploring his conception of language and the ways in which it represents reality. Divided into three parts, it addresses a network of issues related to etymology, word-play, and semantics, and examines how these contribute to the development of the argument and the concepts of knowledge and authority in the Theogony and the Works and Days. Part I demonstrates how much we can learn about the poet's craft and his relation to the poetic tradition if we read his etymologies carefully, while Part II takes the discussion of the 'correctness of language' further - this correctness does not amount to a na�vely assumed one-to-one correspondence between signifier and signified. Correct names and correct language are 'true' because they reveal something particular about the concept or entity named, as numerous examples show; more importantly, however, correct language is imitative of reality, in that language becomes more opaque, ambiguous, and indeterminate as we delve deeper into the exploration of the condicio humana and the ambiguities and contradictions that characterize it in the Works and Days. Part III addresses three moments of Hesiodic reception, with individual chapters comparing Hesiod's implicit theory of language and cognition with the more explicit statements found in early mythographers and genealogists, demonstrating the importance of Hesiod's poetry for Plato's etymological project in the Cratylus, and discussing the ways in which some ancient philologists treat Hesiod as one of their own. What emerges is a new and invaluable perspective on a hitherto under-explored chapter in early Greek linguistic thought which ascertains more clearly Hesiod's place in Greek intellectual history as a serious thinker who introduced some of the questions that occupied early Greek philosophy.


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Empires of the Sea

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Publisher : BRILL
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ISBN 13 : 9004407677
Pages : 371 pages
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Download Empires of the Sea PDF Format Full Free by and published by BRILL. This book was released on 2019-10-07 with total page 371 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Empires of the Sea brings together studies of maritime empires from the Bronze Age to the Eighteenth Century. The volume develops the category of maritime empire as a specific type of empire in both European and ‘non-western’ history.


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Untimely Epic

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Publisher : Oxford University Press
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ISBN 13 : 0192588184
Pages : 368 pages
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Download Untimely Epic PDF Format Full Free by Tom Phillips and published by Oxford University Press. This book was released on 2020-04-30 with total page 368 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Apollonius Rhodius' Argonautica is a voyage across time as well as space. The Argonauts encounter monsters, nymphs, shepherds, and kings who represent earlier stages of the cosmos or human society; they are given glimpses into the future, and themselves effect changes in the world through which they travel. Readers undergo a still more complex form of temporal transport, enabled not just to imagine themselves into the deep past, but to examine the layers of poetic and intellectual history from which Apollonius crafts his poem. Taking its lead from ancient critical preoccupations with poetry's ethical significance, this volume argues that the Argonautica produces an understanding of time and temporal experience which ramifies variously in readers' lives. When describing the people and creatures who occupied the past, Apollonius extends readers' capacity for empathetic response to the worlds inhabited by others. In the ecphrasis of Jason's cloak and the account of Jason's conversations with Medea, readers are invited to scrutinize the relationship between exempla and temporal change, while episodes such as the taking of the Golden Fleece explore links between perceptions and their temporal situation. Running through the poem, and through the readings that comprise this book, is an attention to the intellectual potential of the 'untimely' — objects, experience, and language which do not belong straightforwardly to a particular time. Treatment of such phenomena is crucial to the poem's aspiration to inform and expand readers' understanding of themselves as subjects in and of history.


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Reception in the Greco-Roman World

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Publisher : Cambridge University Press
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ISBN 13 : 1316518582
Pages : 479 pages
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Download Reception in the Greco-Roman World PDF Format Full Free by Marco Fantuzzi and published by Cambridge University Press. This book was released on 2021-05-27 with total page 479 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Harnesses the insights generated by 30 years of reception studies to enhance the study of classical Greek literature.


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Nicander of Colophon's Theriaca

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ISBN 13 : 9004283609
Pages : 601 pages
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Download Nicander of Colophon's Theriaca PDF Format Full Free by Floris Overduin and published by BRILL. This book was released on 2014-11-06 with total page 601 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In this book Floris Overduin highlights the artistic merits of Nicander’s Theriaca (2nd century BCE), a Hellenistic didactic poem on snakes and curative herbs. The commentary, preceded by an extensive introduction, aims to show Nicander’s literary, rather than scientific aims.


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Post-Classical Greek Elegy and Lyric Poetry

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ISBN 13 : 9004469265
Pages : 136 pages
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Download Post-Classical Greek Elegy and Lyric Poetry PDF Format Full Free by Robin Greene and published by BRILL. This book was released on 2021-07-19 with total page 136 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: An introductory guide to modern scholarship on post-Classical Greek elegy and lyric.


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Plutarch's Rhythmic Prose

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ISBN 13 : 0192554794
Pages : 360 pages
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Download Plutarch's Rhythmic Prose PDF Format Full Free by G. O. Hutchinson and published by Oxford University Press. This book was released on 2018-07-12 with total page 360 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Greek literature is divided, like many literatures, into poetry and prose, but in Greek the difference between them is not that all prose is devoid of firm rhythmic patterning. In the earlier Roman Empire, from 31 BC to about AD 300, much Greek (and Latin) prose was actually written to follow one organized rhythmic system. How much Greek prose adopted this patterning has hitherto been quite unclear; the present volume for the first time establishes an answer on an adequate basis: substantial data drawn from numerous authors. It constitutes the first extensive study of prose-rhythm in later Greek literature. The book focuses particularly on one of the greatest Imperial works: Plutarch's Lives. It rests on a scansion of the whole work, almost 100,000 phrases. Rhythm is seen to make a vital contribution to the literary analysis of Plutarch's writing, and prose-rhythm is revealed as a means of expression, which draws attention to words and word-groups. Some passages in the Lives pack rhythms together more closely than others; much of the discussion concentrates on such rhythmically dense passages, examining them in detail in commentary form. These passages do not occur randomly, but attract attention to themselves. They are marked out as climactic in the narrative, or as in other ways of highlighted significance: joyful summations, responses to catastrophe, husbands and wives, fathers and sons compared. These remarkable passages make apparent the greatness of Plutarch as a prose-writer - a side of him fairly little considered amid the huge resurgence of work on Plutarch as an author and as a major historical source. Some passages from three Greek novelists, both rhythmic and unrhythmic, are closely analysed too. The book demonstrates how rhythm can be integrated with other aspects of criticism, and how it has the ability to open up new vistas on three prolific centuries of literary history.