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Callimachus

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In this chapter it will be shown how Callimachus’ treatment of time is closely related to specific aspects of his literary technique, and often helps to convey a programmatic or metapoetic 'message'. The corpus studied for this chapter consists of Callimachus' Aetia and Hymns; examples from Hecale and Iambi will be adduced only when relevant. A striking aspect of Callimachus’ treatment of time is that it is closely related to the special character of his self-conscious and learned poetry. It draws attention to the scholarly narrator, who looks back on a shared past and is able to make use of the whole literary tradition before him, and it helps to highlight aspects of Callimachus’ literary technique in relation to his contemporary Apollonius of Rhodes.

Keywords: Aetia; analepsis; Apollonius of Rhodes; Callimachus; Hymns; prolepsis

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