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Persona, Alias And Alter Ego In Sphragis-Poetry

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This chapter first discusses, exempli gratia, thenotorious sphragis-elegy or Seal of Posidippus. In this poem the poet emphatically engages with archaic poetic models for his self-representation; also, in its explicit self-portrayal, it serves as an excellent foil for the more indirect ways of self-representation discussed in the chapter. It then briefly looks at the history of self portrayals of authors in Greek poetry. In some Hellenistic sphragis-poetry, the name of the author is expressed ambiguously or indirectly. It might be argued that Apollonius was alluding to his own name in the beginning of the Argonautica through the invocation of his eponymous god Apollo. The notoriously belligerent persona of Callimachus, as known from works such as the prologue of the Aetia and the Iambi, fits the meaning of his name surprisingly well. The chapter discusses the question of the exact relation between Simichidas, Lycidas, and the poet Theocritus in Idyll 7.

Keywords: Apollo; Callimachus; Hellenistic poetry; Idyll 7; Lycidas; Posidippus; Simichidas; Sphragis-poetry; Theocritus



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