Building upon a passage from Philodemus’ On Poems (P.Herc. 994, col. 25.5-15), the article develops some considerations about four Greek ‘pessimi poetae’ (Carcinus, Cleaenetus, Choerilus, Anaximenes), dealing with their tradition and the reasons behind the severe judgments towards them. I show how Philodemus’ passage testifies of an extreme case of early selection (and loss) in the transmission of Greek literature due to the judgement towards the authors formed already by ancient critics.

Pessimi poetae: On Philodemus, Ancient Tradition, and Selection Criteria / M. Pelucchi (BEITRÄGE ZUR ALTERTUMSKUNDE). - In: Fragmented Memory : Omission, Selection, and Loss in Ancient Literature and History / [a cura di] N. Bruno, M. Filosa, G. Marinelli. - [s.l] : de Gruyter, 2022. - ISBN 9783110740387. - pp. 27-54 [10.1515/9783110742046-003]

Pessimi poetae: On Philodemus, Ancient Tradition, and Selection Criteria

M. Pelucchi
2022

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Building upon a passage from Philodemus’ On Poems (P.Herc. 994, col. 25.5-15), the article develops some considerations about four Greek ‘pessimi poetae’ (Carcinus, Cleaenetus, Choerilus, Anaximenes), dealing with their tradition and the reasons behind the severe judgments towards them. I show how Philodemus’ passage testifies of an extreme case of early selection (and loss) in the transmission of Greek literature due to the judgement towards the authors formed already by ancient critics.
Hellenistic poetry; Philodemus; Textual transmission; Ancient Rhetoric and Poetics; Fragmentary Greek Literature
Settore L-FIL-LET/05 - Filologia Classica
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