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Before the publication of the second-century AD papyrus containing eight and a fragmentary ninth of the Mimiambs of Herodas in 1891, Herodas was known only through approximately twenty lines which had survived in quotations found principally in Athenaios and Stobaios. Even after the publication of the papyrus and subsequent work on it, scarcely anything is known of their author. The scant evidence that has survived suggests that he lived in during the reign of Ptolemy Philadelphos (285-247 BC), on the island of Kos, and was a direct contemporary of the greatest of the Hellenistic poets, Callimachus, Theocritus and Apollonius. His Mimiambs are short humorous dramatic scenes written in verse, often bawdy, reflecting everyday life and dialect. In this Aris & Phillips Classical Text , Graham Zanker explores what we do know of the poet including the language, dialect and metre that he uses. Each poem is translated and accompanied by an individual commentary with synopsis, information on date, setting, sources and purpose, as well as close examination of vocabulary and grammar. This edition reveals Herodas' work in all its skill and subtlety.
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INTRODUCTION The Mimiambs and the Question of Performance Herodas' Metre Herodas' Dialect Herodas Mimiambs Mimiambs1 Characters and characterisation Mimiambs 1 and Theokritos' Idylls 2, 14 and 15 Mimiambs 2 The characterisation of Battaros Mimiambs 3 Characters and interactions in Mimiambs 3 Mimiambs 4 Constructing the scene Constructing the works of art in the scene Mimiambs 4 and Hellenistic art criticism Mimiambs 5 Characters and characterisation Setting Mimiambs 6 Characters and characterisation The objectivity of Herodas Mimiambs 7 Metro and kerdon Kerdon's salesmanship Mimiambs 8 Mimiambs 8 as a statement of Herodas' literary program The Fragments


...Zanker has done a fine job, succeeding admirably in serving both undergraduate students and those more advanced in Alexandrian poetry. Many details are explained well, and the a wide range of information.'

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