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Lykophron: Alexandra

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The Alexandra attributed to Lykophron is a minor poetic masterpiece. At 1474 lines, it is one of the most important and notoriously difficult Greek poems dating from the Hellenistic period (most likely the early second century BC).

Most of the poem purports to be a prophecy by the mythical Trojan princess, Kassandra, the most beautiful of the daughters of King Priam, and
Paperback, 656 pages
Published January 13th 2018 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published March 29th 2015)
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Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this is what poetry and scholarship are all about, baby.

the poem: utterly palatial vocabulary, imagery, erudition and mystery. the more rabbit holes you go down, the better it becomes.

the scholarship: a breadth of knowledge and inventiveness in fair competition with its subject. retracing others' rabbit holes will unearth even more of your own.
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