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G. O. Hutchinson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199279418

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279418.001.0001

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The Aetia: Callimachus' Poem of Knowledge *

The Aetia: Callimachus' Poem of Knowledge *

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(p.42) 2 The Aetia: Callimachus' Poem of Knowledge*
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279418.003.0002

This chapter argues for an elaborate thematic network in the second, four-book version of Callimachus' Aetia. It considers the relation of the constituent sections to the poem and each other, and the nature of the change between the two-book and the four-book version. Knowledge emerges as the central theme, sought by both narrator and characters, in contrasting circumstances. The poem presents a cosmos: gods, humans, men, women, old, young are compared in regard to knowledge (including experience). An appendix shows the strategy and shape of Catullus 65-8b. The chapter is based on study of most of the original papyri.

Keywords:   Callimachus, Aetia, Catullus, knowledge, narrator, cosmos

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