Hellenism and Literature


Hellenism, the culture, ideals, and pattern of life of ancient Greece in classical times. It usually means primarily the culture of Athens and the related cities during the Age of Pericles. The term is also applied to the ideals of later writers and thinkers who draw their inspiration from ancient Greece. Frequently it is contrasted with Hebraism—Hellenism then meaning pagan joy, freedom, and love of life as contrasted with the austere morality and monotheism of the Old Testament. The Hellenic period came to an end with the conquest of Alexander the Great in the 4th cent. BC It was succeeded by the Hellenistic civilization. See Greece; Greek architecture; Greek art; Greek literature, ancient; Greek religion.

See R. Warner, Eternal Greece (rev. ed. 1962); D. Garman, tr., A Literary History of Greece (1964); J. Ferguson, The Heritage of Hellenism (1973).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2018, The Columbia University Press.

Hellenism and Literature: Selected full-text books and articles

A Companion to Hellenistic Literature By James J. Clauss; Martine Cuypers Wiley-Blackwell, 2010
Hellenism and the Postcolonial Imagination: Yeats, Cavafy, Walcott By Martin McKinsey Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2010
FREE! Hellenism By Norman Bentwich Jewish Publication Society of America, 1919
Librarian's tip: Chap. V "The Hellenistic-Jewish Literature"
Hellas and Hellenism: A Social and Cultural History of Ancient Greece By Nicholas P. Vlachos Ginn and Company, 1936
Librarian's tip: Chap. IX "Poetry" and Chap. X "Prose"
Hellenism and Empire: Language, Classicism, and Power in the Greek World, AD 50-250 By Simon Swain Clarendon Press, 1998
Librarian's tip: Chap. 4 "The Greek Novel and Greek Identity"
Hellenic Civilization: An Historical Survey By Maurice Croiset; Paul B. Thomas Alfred A. Knopf, 1925
Librarian's tip: "Hellenistic Literature" begins on p. 210
Topographies of Hellenism: Mapping the Homeland By Artemis Leontis Cornell University Press, 1995
Librarian's tip: Chap. 4 "Entopia: Modernist Transpositions of the Native"
Hellenism in Ancient India By Gauranga Nath Banerjee Munshi Ram Manohar Lal, 1961
Librarian's tip: Chap. IX "Literature"
Greek and Hellenic Culture in Joyce By R. J. Schork University Press of Florida, 1998
The Hellenism of Mary Renault By Bernard F. Dick Southern Illinois University Press, 1972
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