The Alexandra attributed to Lykophron is a minor poetic masterpiece. At 1474 lines, it is one of the most important and notoriously difficult Greek poems dating from the hellenistic period (most likely the early second century BC). The poem's importance arises from the light which it sheds on Greek religion (in particular the role of women), on foundation myths and myths of colonial identity, and on local - especially Italian - cults and cult places. Thedifficulty of the poem stems from its unusual vocabulary - many words of ancient Greek are found only in this poem - and the riddling and meandering way in which most of the many mythological characters arereferenced. As well as providing the Greek text in full and its English translation, this volume provides the first ever full-length commentary in English on the poem.
Die Neuausgabe von Stephanos von Byzanz, "Ethnika", entspricht einem langen Desiderat, ersetzt sie orientierten Siedlungsgeschichte des Mittelmeerraums und Kleinasiens machten eine Neukonzeption der Ausgabe unumgaenglich: Auf Rekonstruktionsversuche des urspruenglichen Lexikons wird verzichtet, hingegen erlauben die Querverweise und die indirekte Ueberlieferung die verlorenen Artikel in den Buchstaben Kappa, Lambda, Omikron und Pi zu erschliessen. Beigegeben sind Similia, welche die Quellenbenutzung tragen. Die zahlreichen.Autorenzitate werden nachgewiesen, der griechische Originaltext
This volume takes as its subject one of the most important Greek poems of the Hellenistic period: the Alexandra attributed to Lykophron, probably written in about 190 BC. At 1474 lines and with a riddling narrative and a preponderance of unusual vocabulary it is a notoriously challenging prospect for scholars, but it also sheds crucial light on Greek religion (in particular the role of women) and on foundation myths and myths of colonial identity. Most of the poem purports to be a prophecy by the Trojan princess, Kassandra, who foretells the conflicts between Europe and Asia from the Trojan Wars to the establishment of Roman ascendancy over the Greek world in the poet's own time. The central section narrates in the future tense the dispersal of returning Greek heroes throughout the Mediterranean zone, and their founding of new cities. This section culminates in the Italian wanderings and foundational activity of the Trojan refugee Aineias, Kassandra's own kinsman. Following Simon Hornblower's detailed full-length commentary on the Alexandra (OUP 2015; paperback 2017), this monograph asserts the poem's importance as not only a strongly political work, but also as a historical document of interest to cultural and religious historians and students of myths of identity. Divided into two Parts, the first explores Lykophron's geopolitical world, paying special attention to south Italy (perhaps the bilingual poet's own area of origin), Sicily, and Rhodes; it suggests that the recent hostile presence of Hannibal in south Italy surfaces as a frequent yet indirectly expressed concern of the poem. The thematic second Part investigates the Alexandra's relation to the Sibylline Oracles and to other apocalyptic literature of the period, and argues for its cultural and religious topicality. The Conclusion puts the case for the 190s BC as a turning-point in Roman history and contends that Lykophron demonstrates a veiled awareness of this, especially of certain peculiar features of Roman colonizing policy in that decade.
Das umfangreiche geographische Lexikon, verfasst um 530 n. Chr., verzeichnet ca. 3.600 Orts-, Berg-, Gewässer- und Völkernamen der antiken Welt. Besondere Aufmerksamkeit gilt der Namensetymologie sowie der grammatischen Ableitung der Ethnika. Für die kulturhistorischen Angaben – hier mit Nachweis der Autorenzitate – ist Stephanos oft alleiniger Gewährsmann. Die neue kritische Edition ersetzt die längst überholte Ausgabe von A. Meineke (1849). Dem Text der direkt überlieferten Epitome ist ein Similienapparat beigegeben, welcher den Quellen des Lexikons sowie seinen späteren Benutzern Rechnung trägt. Die erstmalige Übersetzung der Ethnika in eine moderne Sprache und die Anmerkungen (bes. zu Sprache, Onomastik und Topographie) erschliessen das Werk einem breiten Kreis von Altertumswissenschaftlern.
The Alexandra is the only extant complete work of the Hellenistic poet and philologist Lycophron (3rd cent. BC). A crucial section of it deals with the fate of Odysseus. The present study undertakes an exact evaluation of Lycophron's style in order to investigate possible later emendations and the dating of the text. Lycophron's authorship of the Alexandra is not in doubt; the poem was not written in sections, nor was it composed later. The present volume contains the Greek text with a German translation, a detailed commentary and an introduction. The book concludes with two appendices, a bibliography and an index.
Book VI of the Histories is one of Herodotus' most varied books, beginning with the final collapse of the Ionian Revolt and moving on to the Athenian triumph at Marathon (490 BC); it also includes fascinating material on Sparta, full of court intrigue and culminating in Kleomenes' grisly death, and there is comedy too, with Alkmeon's cramming clothes, boots, and even cheeks with gold dust, then Hippokleides 'dancing away his marriage'. In Herodotus' time, Marathon was already reaching almost legendary status, commemorated in epigrams and monuments, and in this edition a substantial introduction discusses Herodotus' relation to these other memorials. It also explores the place of the book in the Histories' overall structure, and pays particular attention to Herodotus' treatment of impiety. A new text is then accompanied by a full commentary, covering literary and historical aspects and offering help with translation. The volume is suitable for undergraduates, graduate students, teachers and scholars.
This book offers the first comprehensive collection and scholarly analysis of the Greek technopaignia (acrostics, anagrams, palindromes, pattern poems etc.) and discusses both their significance for the history of literature and their interaction with non-literary fields of ancient scholarship. Das Buch legt die erste systematische Zusammenstellung und wissenschaftliche Untersuchung der griechischen technopaignia, einer Gruppe von literarischen Formspielen (Akrosticha, Anagrammen, Palindromen, Figurengedichten u.ä.), vor und erläutert ihre Bedeutung für die Literatur- und Kulturgeschichte der Antike und ihres Nachlebens.

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