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The Thera Episode in Argonautica IV Reconsidered in Light of the Poetic Interaction between Apollonius and Callimachus

digital The Thera Episode in Argonautica IV Reconsidered in Light
of the Poetic Interaction between Apollonius and Callimachus
Articolo
rivista AEVUM ANTIQUUM
fascicolo AEVUM ANTIQUUM - 2019 - 19. CALLIMACO E APOLLONIO
titolo The Thera Episode in Argonautica IV Reconsidered in Light of the Poetic Interaction between Apollonius and Callimachus
autore
editore Vita e Pensiero
formato Articolo | Pdf
online da 01-2021
doi 10.26350/020747_000044
issn 1121-8932 (stampa) | 1827-7861 (digitale)
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In this contribution, I look at the Thera-episode in Apollonius Rhodius (IV 1731-1764) from the point of view of the poetic interaction between Callimachus and Apollonius as sketched by Annette Harder. I first briefly review scholarly findings about the ideological significance of the Thera-episode in Apollonius’ Argonautica, following Stephens 2011 and others. I then go into the importance of Thera (and the Cyrenaean foundation story in general) for Callimachus. The theme features not only in his Apollo Hymn and Aetia fr. 7c, 1-5, but in several other Callimachean poetic fragments as well. Next, I will point out what I believe is a neglected element of the Herodotean subtext of Apollonius’ Thera episode, the story of Phronime in Hdt IV, 154. Finally I present a reading of the Apollonian passage which takes into account both the importance of Callimachus’ Cyrenean connections and the neglected Herodotean subtext.

keywords

Aetia, Aetiology, Apollo-Hymn, Apollonius, Argonautica, Battus, Berenice II, Callimachus, Colonization-myth, Cyrene, Dream, Euphemus, Epigram, Herodotus, Intertextuality, Libya, Magas, Metaphor, Pindar, Poetic Interaction, Phronime, Prophecy, Ptolemies, P

Biografia dell'autore

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. Email: J.J.H.Klooster@rug.nl