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Encomium of Ptolemy Philadelphus Hardcover – November 10, 2003
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Greek
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"Richard Hunter demonstrates again his deftness as editor and commentator with this edition of Theocritus’s Encomium of Ptolemy. He provides this text, usually overlooked in the Theocritean corpus, with thoughtful historicizing and sophisticated literary contextualizations. For scholars and students alike the style is accessible and informative, and as a result the poem has become much more valuable for understanding the poetic dynamics of the early Ptolemaic period."Susan Stephens, author of Seeing Double: Intercultural Poetics in Ptolemaic Alexandria
"The text of the Encomium is a nodal area for this truly interdisciplinary series, and Hunter has a special ability to connect with all the various issues and approaches: royal ideology and patronage, diction and tradition, material culture and ethnic identity. The result is both a lasting work of reference and an illuminating discussion of Alexandrian poetry in its evolving social context."Alessandro Barchiesi, author of The Poet and the Prince
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