Callimachus: Hymns and Epigrams, Lycophron and Aratus (Loeb by Callimachus

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Callimachus of Cyrene, third century BCE, turned after 284 a instructor of grammar and poetry at Alexandria. He was once made a librarian within the new library there and ready a list of its books. He died concerning the yr 240. Of his huge released output, basically 6 hymns, sixty three epigrams, and fragments live on (the fragments are in Loeb no. 421). The hymns are very discovered and synthetic well-liked; the epigrams are reliable (they also are within the Loeb Greek Anthology volumes). Lycophron of Chalcis in Euboea used to be a modern of Callimachus in Alexandria the place he grew to become manager of the comedies integrated within the new library. He wrote a treatise on those and composed tragedies and different poetry. We own Alexandra or Cassandra in which Cassandra foretells the fortune of Troy and the besieging Greeks. This poem is a curiosity—a showpiece of data of imprecise tales, names, and phrases. Aratus of Soli in Cilicia, ca. 315–245 BCE, used to be a didactic poet on the court docket of Antigonus Gonatas of Macedonia, the place he wrote his well-known astronomical poem Phaenomena (Appearances). He used to be for a time within the courtroom of Antiochus I of Syria yet lower back to Macedonia. Phaenomena used to be very hot in antiquity; it used to be translated into Latin by way of Cicero, Germanicus Caesar, and Avienus.

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277. Ptolemy repudiates Arsinoe full sister Arsinoe I. and marries of Magas of Cyrene, who Apama, daughter of Antiochus. Revolt 273-1. First Syrian War ; Lycia, Caria, etc. , Egypt. Death of Arsinoe II. Philadelphus. 270-258. Co-regency of Ptolemy III. Euergetes. Chremouidean War. 267-3. 262. Defeat of Egyptian fleet at Cos. 270. 32 his II. marries fall to INTRODUCTION TO THE HYMNS 258. Death of Magas of Gyrene, who had betrothed his 257-6. 247. 247. daughter Berenice to Ptolemy, afterwards Ptolemy Euergetes.

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