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Hellenistic Poetry, Diction of
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The term Hellenistic Poetry usually refers to literature composed in verse between the death of Alexander the Great and the battle of Actium (323-31 BCE). The Hellenistic poets (Callimachus, Apollonius, Theocritus, Herodas, Aratus, Nicander, and others whose poems have in part been preserved in the Greek Anthology), some of whom are closely associated with Alexandria, use the same devices of diction as the classical or archaic poets, but use them differently in terms of quantity and quality. The m…

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María Teresa Molinos, “Hellenistic Poetry, Diction of”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 30 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000174>
First published online: 2013

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