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This publication is a advisor to the terribly diversified literature of the Hellenistic interval.

  • A advisor to the literature of the Hellenistic age, from the loss of life of Alexander the good in 323 BCE to the conflict of Actium in 31 BC
  • Provides overviews of the social, political, highbrow and literary old contexts within which Hellenistic literature used to be produced
  • Introduces the main writers and genres of the period
  • Provides information regarding type, meter and languages to help readers with out previous wisdom of the language in knowing technical points of literary Greek
  • Distinctive in its insurance of present concerns in Hellenistic feedback, together with viewers reception, the political and social historical past, and Hellenistic theories of literature

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