• Nicander's Hymn to Attalus: Pergamene Panegyric

    Author(s):
    Thomas J. Nelson (see profile)
    Date:
    2019
    Group(s):
    Ancient Greece & Rome
    Subject(s):
    Classics, Greek literature, Greek and Latin poetry, Hellenistic history, Greek language and literature
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Pergamon, Attalus, Nicander, Hymn, Encomium
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/kwe0-fa61
    Abstract:
    This paper looks beyond Ptolemaic Alexandria to consider the literary dynamics of another Hellenistic kingdom, Attalid Pergamon. I offer a detailed study of the fragmentary opening of Nicander's Hymn to Attalus (fr. 104 Gow–Schofield) in three sections. First, I consider its generic status and compare its encomiastic strategies with those of Theocritus’ Encomium of Ptolemy Philadelphus (Idyll 17). Second, I analyse its learned reuse of the literary past and allusive engagement with scholarly debate. And finally, I explore how Nicander polemically strives against the precedent of the Ptolemaic Callimachus. The fragment offers us a rare glimpse into the post-Callimachean, international and agonistic world of Hellenistic poetics.
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    Published
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    9 months ago
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