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In this chapter, some of the more characteristic and striking instances of Theocritean handling of time are discussed. Though, by and large, Theocritean characters appear not to be interested in time, except when they are suffering from love. The narrator Theocritus is clearly experimenting with forms of temporality, a characteristic aligning him with his Hellenistic contemporaries Lycophron, Apollonius and Callimachus, and looking back to the practice of predecessors like Pindar and Bacchylides. In Theocritus’ employment of analepsis and prolepsis, we may note the omission of explicit prolepsis to the conclusions of well-known myths, and omission of analepsis in an unknown, and possibly incomplete myth, to create a tantalizing and allusive narrative.

Keywords: analepsis; Ellipsis; prolepsis; Theocritus



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