Offering unparalleled scope, A Companion to Hellenistic Literature in 30 newly commissioned essays explores the social and intellectual contexts of literature production in the Hellenistic period, and examines the relationship between Hellenistic and earlier literature. * Provides a wide ranging critical examination of Hellenistic literature, including the works of well-respected poets alongside lesser-known historical, philosophical, and scientific prose of the period * Explores how the indigenous literatures of Hellenized lands influenced Greek literature and how Greek literature influenced Jewish, Near Eastern, Egyptian, and Roman literary works
James J. Clauss is Professor of Classics at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is the author of The Best of the Argonauts: The Redefinition of the Epic Hero in Book 1 of Apollonius' Argonautica (1993), the co-editor of Medea: Essays on Medea in Myth, Literature, Philosophy, and Art (1997), and the co-translator of Rome and Environs: an Archaeological Guide by Filippo Coarelli (2007). Martine Cuypers is Lecturer in Greek at Trinity College Dublin. She is the author of a forthcoming commentary on Apollonius Rhodius' Argonautica and co-editor of Beginning from Apollo: Studies in Apollonius and the Argonautic Tradition (2005). She also maintains the online Hellenistic Bibliography.