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1. One in Hellenistic times who adopted the Greek language and culture, especially a Jew of the Diaspora.
2. A devotee or student of Greek civilization, language, or literature.


1. (Historical Terms) Also called: Hellenizer (in the Hellenistic world) a non-Greek, esp a Jew, who adopted Greek culture
2. a student of the Greek civilization or language


(ˈhɛl ə nɪst)

1. a person, esp. in ancient times, adopting Greek speech, ideas, or customs.
2. a person who admires or studies Greek civilization.
[1605–15; < Greek]


a classicist whose specialization or preference is for Greek language and culture.
See also: Greece and Greeks
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Known in Hellenist culture as the goddess of the hunt, Artemis was the daughter of Zeus and Leto and the twin of Apollo.
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His best friend Joachim Camerarius, the noted Hellenist, would return from Nuremberg to Leipzig, where the university was also being reestablished under the new Elector.
Not surprisingly, perhaps, it would be Hellenist believers who later took the gospel to Samaria when the apostolic leaders hunkered down under persecution (see Acts 8:1-4).
Davies (1987, 71 ) shows how primitive and widespread stories of humankind's loss of immortality are, and, conversely, how small a part they play in early Greek literature: absent entirely from Homer, naAaAaAeA ve old folk tales of this sort are a special preserve of Hellenist poetry.
LAdC: There is more Hellenist poetry in our century than any other.
Holderlin is thus considered "the romantic Hellenist," a disciple both of Schiller and of Rousseau, but also nicknamed the "Hellenizing Werther" (cf.
The story, as we all know, is that at the urging of the Tobiads, an assimilationist faction of Hellenist Jews, the Syrian-Greek monarch Antiochus IV Epiphanes invaded Judea and immediately set about abolishing all expressions of Judaism, including the dedication of an altar to Zeus in the Jewish temple in Jerusalem.
Melville gives his protagonist the ability, in Greven's words, to "read allegory allegorically" (188): the victory of Nelson, in itself a sculptural allegory, explicitly becomes the oppression of African Americans in slavery, which implicitly becomes Redburn's abjection to an abusive older man aboard ship--all inspired by a Hellenist art that celebrates the beauty of male physicality.
In 1898 the Hellenist and comparative grammarian Georgios Nikolau Chatzidakis, in turn, adapted the book "by Whitney and Jolly" ([upsilon][pi]o.
He knows Plato byway of Marsilio Ficino, the remarkable Hellenist, great Platonic scholar, and sincere Christian whom he met in Florence in 1492 and whom he calls "very honored father" (pater reverendissimus).
The Hellenist, archaeologist and historian of art and religion Salomon Reinach played a key role in this process, particularly with his seminal paper L 'art et la magie in 1903.