DE NOVIS LIBRIS IUDICIA A. C ameron , Callimachus and his Critics . Princeton, Princeton University Press, 1995. XIV, 534 p. Pr. $49.50. In this book Alan Cameron (C.) creates a picture of Callimachus and many aspects of his poetry, in which he tries to adopt a fresh approach, questioning the accumulated results—or, as he often thinks, pseudo-results—of many years of Callimachean scholarship. The result is an important and provocative book, with which probably none of its readers will be in complete agreement, although all of them will be forced to reconsider many of the issues raised. As C. himself remarks in his preface ( p. IX) the book is about more than just Callimachus and it addresses many aspects of Hellenistic and Roman poetry and their social and literary context. The book’s central issues are (1) the question of the function and readership or audience of Hellenistic poetry; (2) the structure and date of the Aetia ; (3) the contents of the Aetia- prologue and Callimachus’ attitude towards epic poetry; and (4) the implications of C.’s new read- ing of the prologue for the reception of Callimachus in Latin poetry. (1) As to the question of the
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