Brill's Companion to Theocritus


Through the variety of its scholarly perspectives, Brill Companion to Theocritus offers a tool for the study of one of antiquity’s foremost poets. Offering a thorough examination of textual transmission, ancient commentaries, literary dialect, and poetic forms, the present volume considers Theocritus’ work from novel theoretical perspectives, such as gender and emotions. It expands the usual field of inquiry to include religion, and the poet’s reception in Late Antiquity and early modern times. The various chapters promote Theocritus’ profile as an erudite poet, who both responds to and inaugurates a rich and variegated tradition. The combination of these various perspectives places Theocritus at the crossroads of Ptolemaic patronage, contemporary society, and art.

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Poulheria Kyriakou is Professor of Greek Literature at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She is the author of Homeric Hapax Legomena in the Argonautica of Apollonius Rhodius (1995), A Commentary on Euripides’ Iphigenia in Tauris (2006), The Past in Aeschylus and Sophocles (2011), and Theocritus and His Native Muse. A Syracusan Among Many (2018). She has also co-edited Wisdom and Folly in Euripides (2016).
Evina Sistakou is Professor of Greek Literature at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She is the author of The Geography of Callimachus and Hellenistic Avant-Garde Poetry (2005, in Modern Greek), Reconstructing the Epic. Cross-Readings of the Trojan Myth in Hellenistic Poetry (2008), The Aesthetics of Darkness. A Study of Hellenistic Romanticism in Apollonius, Lycophron and Nicander (2012) and Tragic Failures. Alexandrian Responses to Tragedy and the Tragic (2016).
Antonios Rengakos is Professor of Greek Literature at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Member of the Academy of Athens. His major works are Form und Wandel des Machtdenkens der Athener bei Thukydides (1984), Der Homertext und die hellenistischen Dichter (1993), Apollonios Rhodios und die antike Homererklärung (1994). He is the co-editor of A Companion to Apollonius Rhodius (2001) Brill’s Companion to Thucydides (2006), Brill's Companion to Hesiod (2009), Homer Handbuch (2011), Brill’s Companion to Ancient Scholarship (2015).

Contributors are: Benjamin Acosta-Hughes, Annemarie Ambühl, Ewen Bowie, Brian W. Breed, Dee L. Clayman, Taylor S. Coughlan, Christophe Cusset, Frederick T. Griffiths, Thomas K. Hubbard, Richard Hunter, Alexandros Kampakoglou, Evangelos Karakasis, Jacqueline Klooster, David Konstan, Jan Kwapisz, Poulheria Kyriakou, Giulio Massimilla, Claudio Meliadò, Sarah Miles, Andrew D. Morrison, Lara Pagani, Viola Palmieri, Juan C. Pellicer, Ivana Petrovic, Tom Phillips, Évelyne Prioux, Joseph D. Reed, Alexander Sens, Evina Sistakou, Karl-Heinz Stanzel, William G. Thalmann, Olga Tribulato.
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List of Figures

Introduction: Modern Trends in the Study of Theocritus
Alexandros Kampakoglou

Part 1 Author and Text

1 A Poet’s Lives
Tom Phillips

2 Theocritus’ Textual History and Tradition
Claudio Meliadò

3 Theocritus’ Dialects
Olga Tribulato

4 “Linking Together Rushes and Stalks of Asphodel”: The Forms of Theocritean Poetry
Jan Kwapisz

Part 2 Genres and Models

5 Theocritus and Bucolic Poetry
Giulio Massimilla

6 Performing Mime in the Idylls of Theocritus: Metrical Mime, Drama, and the “Everyday” in Theocritus, Idylls 2, 14, 15
Sarah Miles

7 Theocritus’ Hymns and “Epyllia”: Poems 13, 22, 24, 26
Alexander Sens

8 Generic Experimentation in the Epigrams of “Theocritus”
Taylor S. Coughlan

9 Theocritus and the Bucolic Homer
Richard Hunter

10 Pan’s Pipes: Lyric Echoes and Contexts in Theocritus
Alexandros Kampakoglou

11 Θεόκριτος κωμῳδοποιός: Comic Patterns and Structures in Theocritus’ Bucolic Poems (with a Supplement on Tragic Patterns)
Christophe Cusset

Part 3 Poetics and Aesthetics

12 Ancient Scholarship on Theocritus
Lara Pagani

13 The Sweet Pleasures of Theocritus’ Idylls: A Study in the Aesthetics of ἁδύτης
Evina Sistakou

14 Theocritus’ Contest Poems
Karl-Heinz Stanzel

15 The Programmatic Idylls of Theocritus
Jacqueline Klooster

16 Theocritus and the Visual Arts
Évelyne Prioux

Part 4 Narrative and Themes

17 Myth and Narrative in Theocritus
Andrew D. Morrison

18 Theocritean Spaces
William G. Thalmann

19 Theocritus and the Rural World
Viola Palmieri

20 Childhood and Youth in Theocritus
Annemarie Ambühl

21 Eros and the Pastoral
David Konstan

Part 5 Contexts and Topics

22 Among the Cicadas: Theocritus and His Contemporaries
Benjamin Acosta-Hughes

23 Rulers and Patrons in Theocritus
Dee L. Clayman

24 Theocritus’ Intercultural Poetics
Frederick T. Griffiths

25 Gods and Religion in Theocritus
Ivana Petrovic

26 Women in Theocritus
Poulheria Kyriakou

Part 6 Imitation and Reception

27 [Theocritus]: The Early Reception of Theocritus
Poulheria Kyriakou

28 Sicilian Muses: Theocritus and Virgil’s Eclogues
Brian W. Breed

29 The King’s Nectar: Theocritean Encomium and Augustan Poetry
Joseph D. Reed

30 Theocritus and Post-Virgilian Pastoral Tradition
Evangelos Karakasis

31 Theocritus and Longus
Ewen Bowie

32 “Simple Theocritus” from the 16th to 18th Centuries
Thomas K. Hubbard

33 Theocritus in Nineteenth-Century British Poetry
Juan C. Pellicer

All readers in Classics and Classical Reception Studies.
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