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Few figures from Greco-Roman antiquity have gone through as a lot reassessment in contemporary many years as Callimachus of Cyrene, who used to be energetic on the Alexandrian courtroom of the Ptolemies through the early 3rd century BC. as soon as perceived as a best instance of ivory tower detachment and abstruse studying, Callimachus has now end up understood as an artificer of the pictures of a strong and colourful courtroom and as a poet moment basically to Homer in his later reception. For the trendy viewers, the fragmentation of his texts and the diffusion of resource fabrics has frequently impeded realizing his poetic success. Brills significant other to Callimachus has been designed to assist in negotiating this scholarly terrain, in particular the method of enhancing and accumulating his fragments, to light up his highbrow and social contexts, and to point the present instructions that his scholarship is taking.

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Supplementum Supplementi Hellenistici (Berlin, 2005). Edited by H. Lloyd-Jones (in Latin), as the title states, this publication supplements the previous collection of fragments of Hellenistic poets. It contains a few new fragments of Callimachus that came to light after the Supplementum Hellenisticum was published; it is regularly identified with the designation SSH. : Milan, 2007). Giovan Battista D’Alessio’s twovolume Italian edition of Callimachus contains an extensive introduction, brief but very helpful notes, and translation.

A. Ernesti’s Καλλίμαχος ὅλος (1761: frr. J. Blomfield (1815) and Otto Schneider (1873). 6 The numbering and disposition of the fragments proceeded rather randomly after Bentley. Schneider—whose edition Wilamowitz styled a μέγα κακόν7—tried to introduce order while retaining Bentley’s numeration, but to do so he resorted to a score of transpositions, suppressions, additions, and cross-references, which resulted in a rather artificial layout and produced a book that was unwieldy. Schneider’s own theory concerning the structure of the Aetia—namely that according to an alleged testimony of Hyginus the contents were grouped as “agones” (Book 1), “urbium conditores” (Book 2), “inventores” (Book 3) and “sacrorum publicorum causae” (Book 4)8—has long been disproved; to say the least, it heavily underestimated Callimachus’ striving for variety.

8. Fragments 28 through 34 (= frr. ): Linus and Coroebus. ) This section explains why the Argives name one of their months “Lamb Month”—during which they kill dogs—and recalls the origin of Tripodiscus, a city in the Megarid. Psamathe, daughter of the Argive king Crotopus, being seduced by Apollo, gave birth to Linus. Entrusted to a shepherd, the child grew up among the lambs but was torn to pieces by the king’s dogs. ) When Crotopus learned of this clandestine birth, he put Psamathe to death, and Apollo avenged her by sending a babysnatching monster to Argos.

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