- Heracles en Hylas: metapoëzie in de hellenistische tijd
- Volume | Issue number
- 47 | 4
- Number of pages
- Document type
- Faculty of Humanities (FGw)
- Amsterdam School of Historical Studies (ASH)
In this article I will argue that the Hellenistic poets Apollonius of Rhodes (Argonautica 1.1153-1363) and Theocritus (Idyll 13) used the myth of Hylas and Heracles to express allegorically their "Callimachean" ideas about poetry. In similar but different ways, these poets offer an alternative to the hackneyed heroic-epic tradition, as symbolized by Heracles, and associate themselves and their poetry instead with the boy Hylas, variously the adoptive son, pupil and lover of the great hero, who eventually will go his own way.
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