1 - order to have an alternate source of grain than Ptolemy...

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1. Now, Rhodes (as I know better than anyone else) was at almost exactly that time both culturally and physically at daggers drawn with Alexandria. Signs of the war with Rhodes: a) Callimachus's hymn saying that Ptolemy II (283-246) would rule "the sea and the lands that are on the sea" was the equivalent of a red light to Rhodes. b) Ptolemy II constructed and controlled the most powerful fleet ever to sail the ancient Mediterranean, and conquered a great deal of the Asian coast and many of the Aegean islands c) War of Ephesus, 240's--Rhodes strikes back, and wins! d) Claim that Ptolemy II's Rhodian physician had tried to poison him, spies, hostility. Apollonius had a place to go! e) At that very time, because of their hostility, Rhodes was reopening new trade routes into the Pontus/Euxine sea, in
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Unformatted text preview: order to have an alternate source of grain than Ptolemy II's Egypt. f) Alexander hadn't done a lot up there--still strange territory, which gives an author room to work. g) Timosthenes the Rhodian had just made an epoch-making voyage. .. h) Tyrant kings--large rivers--people fleeing--Ta Da! 2. Signs of the war with Callimachus a) Four long books instead of eight shorter ones b) Integration of the idyllic/bucolic elements of Callimachus's style of poetry into the Argonautica--Read some of the other stuff for samples. (1) Description of the coast and voyage in Bk I. (2) Medea in Bk III. (3) Incredible range of the Argo's voyage c) King bids sailor go: Timosthenes again Evil king in strange land full of sorcery: Aeetes/Ptolemy, Colchis/Egypt...
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course ENG enc1101 taught by Professor Topolsky during the Fall '01 term at Broward College.

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