Martine Cuypers Hellenistic Bibliography Examples

Because the individual poems are so short and the field so wide, collections of articles can be the best introductions. For a quick introduction to the genre, Bruss 2010 or Gutziller 2007 would be helpful. For a richer introduction to the state of scholarship, Bing and Bruss 2007 is excellent. Dihle 1968 gives an excellent sense of the issues before the recent revival of interest in the Hellenistic period. Fraser 1972 is a seminal and essential work on Hellenistic Alexandria that puts the Alexandrian epigrammists into this cultural context. Fantuzzi-Hunter 2004 is an important synthesis in Hellenistic poetry generally.

  • Bing, Peter, and Jon Steffen Bruss, eds. 2007. Brill’s companion to Hellenistic epigram: Down to Philip. Brill’s Companions in Classical Studies. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill.

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    A collection of essays that present the state of the field in the study of epigram.

  • Bruss, Jon. 2010. Epigram. In A companion to Hellenistic literature. Edited by James J. Clauss and Martine Cuypers, 117–135. Chichester, UK: Blackwell.

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    A good short introduction to the Hellenistic epigram.

  • Dihle, Albrecht, ed. 1968. L’Épigramme grecque. Entretiens Hardt 14. Geneva, Switzerland: Fondation Hardt.

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    A collection of papers with the ensuing discussions. While the field has moved since this volume, these essays were important and help define later discussions.

  • Fantuzzi, Marco, and Richard Hunter. 2004. Tradition and innovation in Hellenistic poetry. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Univ. Press.

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    A broad study; the section on epigram emphasizes the relations between Hellenistic literary epigram and epigraphical practice.

  • Fraser, P. M. 1972. Ptolemaic Alexandria. Vol. 1, 553–617. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press.

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    Despite its old-fashioned approach, an important discussion of the rise and flourishing of the epigram in Alexandria.

  • Gutzwiller, K. 2007. A guide to Hellenistic literature. Oxford: Blackwell.

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    The section on epigram (pp. 106–120) is a good introduction.

  • Harder, M. A., R. F. Regtuit, and G. C. Wakker, eds. 2002. Hellenistic epigrams. Hellenistica Groningana 6. Louvain, Belgium: Peeters.

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    A particularly important collection of essays, especially on the relationships between epigram and other genres.

  • Livingstone, Niall, and Gideon Nisbet. 2010. Epigram. Greece and Rome, New Surveys in the Classics 38. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Univ. Press.

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    A chronological survey of both Greek and Latin epigram, with an especially interesting chapter on the reception of epigram in 19th-century England.

  • Many books and articles have been written about Ennius’s life, works, and (not only literary) beliefs. In this section, readers may find works of different kinds (encyclopedias, lexika, handbooks, etc.) that provide an overall treatment of Ennius. Skutsch 1905, Jocelyn 1972, Suerbaum 1997, and Jocelyn and Manuwald 2016, are lemmata on Ennius within encyclopedic works on classical antiquity. Cuyper’s Ennius entry registers works published on Hellenistic literature which also deals with Roman poetry. Von Albrecht 1996 and Conte 1999 are handbooks of Latin literature which present a thorough and interesting treatment of Ennius’s literary career. The introductions to two major critical editions, that of the tragedies (Jocelyn 1967) and that of the Annals (Skutsch 1985) contain all the most important information on topics both general and specific about the two genres of tragedy and epic.

  • Conte, Gian Biagio. 1999. Latin literature: A history. Translated by Joseph B. Solodow. Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press.

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    Conte’s history of Latin literature (originally in Italian) is one of the most acclaimed handbooks on the subject. Its entries are very clearly written and summarize information and scholarship on both historical or biographical information and authors’ literary production and poetics. See “Ennius,” pp. 73–84. Revised by Don Fowler and Glenn W. Most.

  • Cuypers, Martine. Ennius. In A Hellenistic Bibliography.

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    A constantly updated database on Hellenistic poetry, including Roman poets who were influenced by it, such as Ennius.

  • Jocelyn, Henry David. Ennius (Q. Ennius). 1967. The tragedies of Ennius: The fragments. Edited by Henry David Jocelyn. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Univ. Press.

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    Jocelyn’s introduction (pp. 3–63) to his own edition of Ennius’s tragedies (see Jocelyn 1967, cited under Plays) serves as a general discussion on how Ennius fits in the history of both Greek and Roman drama, and provides information on his literary activity and poetics.

  • Skutsch, Otto. Ennius (Q. Ennius). 1985. The Annals of Q. Ennius. Oxford: Clarendon.

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    The reference edition for Ennius’s Annals (see Skutsch 1985 cited under Annals), it has a thorough introduction (pp. 1–69) which covers biographical, literary, and linguistic questions both general and specific about Ennius. It is certainly a good place to start and a necessary reading. Includes introduction and commentary.

  • Jocelyn, Henry David. 1972. The poems of Quintus Ennius. Aufstieg und Niedergang der Römischen Welt 1.2. Edited by Hildegard Temporini, 987–1026.

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    The Aufstieg und Niedergang der Römischen Welt (ANRW) series is known for its reliability and thoroughness. This article in English by one of the major Ennianists of the 20th century is a thorough encyclopedic introduction to Ennius and his literary activity.

  • Jocelyn, Henry David, and Gesine Manuwald. 2016. Ennius. In the Oxford Classical Dictionary. Edited by Sander Goldberg. Digital Ed. New York: Oxford Univ. Press.

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    Presents a quick introduction to Ennius by two of the most important scholars of Ennian and Archaic Latin studies (in the previous editions it was only Jocelyn’s work, Manuwald has now revised it). Originially published in 2012, in the Oxford Classical Dictionary, edited by Simon Hornblower, Anthony Spawforth, and Esther Eidinow, 525b-526b, 4th ed. (Oxford and New York: Oxford Univ. Press).

  • Mariotti, Scevola. 1967. Q. Ennius. In Der Kleine Pauly. Vol. 2. Edited by Konrat Ziegler, Walther Sontheimer, and Hans Gärtner, 270–276. Munich: Druckenmüller.

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    Mariotti updated the entry on Ennius for the new concise edition of the bigger Pauly-Wissowa encyclopedia, where the corresponding entry was written by Franz Skutsch (Skutsch 1905).

  • Skutsch, Franz. 1905. Ennius. In Realencyclopädie der classischen Altertumswissenschaft. Vol. 5. Edited by August Friedrich Pauly and Georg Wissowa, 2589–2628.

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    The first modern encyclopedic entry (in German) on Ennius, it is very thorough but is based on scholarship that has been largely updated afterwards. Also referred to as Pauly-Wissowa or RE.

  • Suerbaum, Werner. 1997. Q. Ennius. In Der Neue Pauly. Vol. 3. Edited by Hubert Cancik and Helmuth Schneider, 1040–1046. Stuttgart: Metzler.

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    Agile yet thorough introduction to Ennius and Ennian scholarship by a leading Ennius scholar within the more recent and “simplified” edition of the Pauly-Wissowa. While this printed edition is in German, the online version can be accessed by subscription in both German and English via Brill’s New Pauly: Encyclopaedia of the Ancient World.

  • von Albrecht, Michael. 1996. Ennius. In A history of Roman literature: From Livius Andronicus to Boethius, with special regard to its influence on world literature. Vol. 1. By Michael von Albrecht, 129–146. Leiden, The Netherlands, and New York: Brill.

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    Von Albrecht’s history of Latin literature is a reference handbook that can be used for both intermediate and advanced levels. Besides a “standard” handbook presentation, it also provides sections on literary “Ideas” and “Influence,” as well as a selective bibliography pertinent to the presentation adopted. The original German edition was published in 1992.

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