By Richard Hunter
Less than Ptolemy II Philadelphus, who governed Egypt in the course of the 3rd century B.C.E., Alexandria turned the bright multicultural capital of the Greek international. Theocritus's poem in compliment of Philadelphus—at as soon as a Greek king and an Egyptian pharaoh—is the single prolonged poetic tribute to this remarkable ruler that survives. Combining the Greek textual content, an English translation, a whole line-by-line observation, and huge introductory stories of the poem's historic and literary context, this quantity additionally bargains a wide-ranging and far-reaching attention of the workings and illustration of poetic patronage within the Ptolemaic age. specifically, the booklet explores the delicate and complicated hyperlinks between Theocritus's poem, modes of compliment drawn from either Greek and Egyptian traditions, and the next flowering of Latin poetry within the Augustan age.
As the 1st designated account of this significant poem to teach how Theocritus may have drawn at the pharaonic traditions of Egypt in addition to prior Greek poetry, this ebook offers distinctive perception into how compliment poetry for Ptolemy and his spouse can have helped to barter the variation of Greek tradition that modified stipulations of the recent Hellenistic international. useful for its transparent translation and its remark on style, dialect, diction, and historic reference on the subject of Theocritus's Encomium, the e-book can also be major for what it unearths in regards to the poem's cultural and social contexts and approximately Theocritus' units for addressing his a number of readerships.
COVER picture: the picture at the entrance disguise of this booklet is incorrectly pointed out at the jacket flap. the proper caption is: Gold Oktadrachm depicting Ptolemy II and Arsinoe (mid-third century BCE; by way of permission of the Museum of good Arts, Boston).