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Authority And Inspiration In The Age Of The Museum

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The discussion of Apollonius' use of the word will find itself substantially in agreement with the findings of JoséGonzález's although his argument will be furthered in Apollonius' case and expanded to that of Theocritus, whom he only mentions in passing. To provide a background against which to interpret the passages in Apollonius and Theocritus, this chapter discusses the Homeric passage from which the hapax derives and lists and analyzes all Hellenistic passages in which the word πτης subsequently occurs. It is attractive to consider the relevance of this theme for the presentation of the relationship between narrator and Muses. The passages in Theocritus' Idylls where poets are named πEται is discussed. A single unifying theme moreover underlies them, the procuring of κλς(fame in song) by the poet for the dedicatees.

Keywords: Apollonius; hapax; Hellenistic; Homeric; Muses; Museum; Theocritus



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