Kallimachos and the Politics of Praise
The introduction provides an overview of the scope and shape of the inquiry undertaken in The New Politics of Olympos. Additionally, it attempts to establish a new frame of reference for thinking about interactions between Kallimachos’ Hymns and the burgeoning Ptolemaic regime. The approach outlined here and throughout the book is meant to move outside the confines of formalist notions of genre and stereotypes of the scholar poet by reframing the analysis around the broader interplay between literature and political power in the Hellenistic world. Furthermore, the introduction orients readers toward a new approach to reading the six poems that make up Kallimachos’ Hymns intratextually—as a carefully arranged poetry book.
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