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45 - Callimachus and Longus (2019)

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 October 2023

Ewen Bowie
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University of Oxford
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This chapter argues that, unlike all other Greek novelists, Longus shows knowledge of Callimachus’ poetry, both the Aitia (whence his use of ἀρτιγένειος, twice: 1.15.1 and 4.10.1) and the Epigrams (whence the figurative ἕλκος of 1.14.1, near to Longus’ first use of ἀρτιγένειος). These strong cases increase the probability that some other words (ἐπτoηθεῖσαι 1.22.2) and themes (e.g. the simultaneous death of two young siblings at 4.24.2, cf. Call. Anth.Pal. 7.517; the recondite myth of Branchus, 4.17.6, cf. Call. fr. 229 Pfeiffer) are drawn from Callimachus. In explaining why Callimachus might attract Longus’ interest, it is proposed that the four-book format of Daphnis and Chloe, unique in the novels, might be a further Callimachean intertextuality, calculated to invite readers’ reflection on how Longus’ work could be read as a series of Aitia, that of the cave of the Nymphs (in the preface and Book 4) complementing those of the inset tales of Books 1 to 3.

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  • Callimachus and Longus (2019)
  • Ewen Bowie, University of Oxford
  • Book: Essays on Ancient Greek Literature and Culture
  • Online publication: 10 October 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781107415430.047
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  • Callimachus and Longus (2019)
  • Ewen Bowie, University of Oxford
  • Book: Essays on Ancient Greek Literature and Culture
  • Online publication: 10 October 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781107415430.047
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  • Callimachus and Longus (2019)
  • Ewen Bowie, University of Oxford
  • Book: Essays on Ancient Greek Literature and Culture
  • Online publication: 10 October 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781107415430.047
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