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Lykophron's Alexandra, Rome, and the Hellenistic World

Simon Hornblower


This book is an original, accessibly written, contribution to Roman and Hellenistic history. Its subject is a long (1474-line) ancient Greek poem, Lykophron’s Alexandra, probably written about 190 BC. The Trojan Kassandra foretells the conflicts between Europe and Asia from the Trojan Wars to the establishment of Roman ascendancy over the Greek world in the poet’s own time, including the founding of new cities by returning Greeks through the Mediterranean zone, and of Rome by the Trojan refugee Aineias, Kassandra’s kinsman. Simon Hornblower now follows his detailed commentary (OUP 2015, paperb ... More

Keywords: Lykophron, Alexandra, Rome, Hellenistic, history, religion, identity myths, colonization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198723684
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198723684.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Hornblower, author
Formerly Senior Research Fellow in Classical Studies, All Souls College, Oxford