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A. Life and work

Callimachus of Cyrene (b. after 320 BC, d. after 245) lived most of his life at Alexandria, where he worked as poet and scholar at the Mouseion and Library founded by Ptolemy I. In addition to the main poetical works that survive intact or in part (Hymns, Epigrams, Aetia, Iambi, Hecale), there are many fragments and titles of other works. Besides his prolific poetical works, C. also wrote scholarly prose treatises o…

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Ambühl, Annemarie, “Callimachus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 5 : The Reception of Classical Literature, English edition by Matthijs H. Wibier (2012). Original German-language edition: Die Rezeption der antiken Literatur. Herausgegeben von Christine Walde in Verbindung mit Brigitte Egger. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2010). Consulted online on 18 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: 9789004218932, 20101111

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