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The New Politics of Olympos: Kingship in Kallimachos' Hymns

Michael Brumbaugh


The New Politics of Olympos offers the first in-depth analysis of Kallimachos’ only fully extant poetry book, the Hymns, by examining its contemporary political setting, engagement with a tradition of political thought stretching back to Homer, and portrayal of the poet as an image-maker for the king. In addition to investigating the political dynamics in the individual hymns, this book details how the poet’s six hymns, once juxtaposed within a single bookroll, constitute a macro-narrative on the prerogatives of Ptolemaic kingship. Throughout the collection Kallimachos refigures the infamously ... More

Keywords: Kallimachos, Greek, poetry, hymns, Hellenistic, politics, Ptolemies, Alexandria, praise, kingship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190059262
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190059262.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Brumbaugh, author
Assistant Professor of Classical Studies, Tulane University