This is the first book in the English language entirely dedicated to the poems of Asclepiades of Samos (A.), and therefore, besides being an intelligent and careful study of the topic, it is as such a welcome addition to the field of studies in Hellenistic poetry. Other recent monographs on A. are Nastos’ 2006 Greek and Guichard’s 2004 Spanish commented editions, which pose problems for those deficient in these languages. 1) Otherwise, those wishing to study A. could formerly consult broader studies such as Gutzwiller’s Poetic Garlands , 2) Gow-Page’s important, if sometimes outdated, Hellenistic Epigrams , 3) or various older studies and editions (Beckby, the Budé) and of course the numerous disparate journal articles that treat questions of detail. One of the benefits of the study by Sens (S.) is that it contains ample references to this earlier scholarship on A. The book opens with an elaborate introduction (xxv-cxiv), with separate sections discussing evidence for A.’s life and works; development of and generic influences on Hellenistic epigram; narrative voice and genre in epigram; A. and his contemporaries; A.’s relations with the Ptolemaic court; language and style, metre; the transmission of the text. A brief section citing testimonia
Mnemosyne – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2012
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