purposeful incongruity is an Alexandrianism
meant to test and delight
(2) The cultural context described by Aurel Codoban is one of cultural Alexandrianism
, typical of communities in Alexandria, during the period prior to the birth of Christianity, a cultural context characterized by syncretism and search for new forms to coelesce cultural expression.
Initially the entanglement was not easy to discern, but the more embattled the discipline became it made explicit that an Alexandrianism
has befallen the field in the form of academicism fostering creative quiescence.
Latin literature even ceased to exist independently: for Friedrich Schlegel, Virgil represented not the culmination of Latin literature but the decadent nadir of Alexandrianism
Her sensationalism has become "motionless Alexandrianism
," as Clement Greenberg called it; that is, the mechanical repetition of cliche.
(70) This is not to suggest that by parodying Maecenas Petronius was also poking fun at Nero: as Mayer and others have demonstrated, Alexandrianism
remained a dominant literary influence after the time of Augustus.
The second half of the Aetia is framed by tributes to the Ptolemaic queen: the first poem of Book Three is the Victoria Berenices and the final aetion of Book Four is the Coma.(57) That any of this should have been lost on an ardent adherent of Alexandrianism
Still, perhaps the time has come for this kind of alexandrianism
. To polish bits of the precious achievement of the past 40 years in American poetry; to be curator, as it were, of the wealth of technical and spiritual accumulation: this, possibly, is the young poet's job today.
(12.) Goodyear 1965, 99-100, who sees the exotic place names as the primary marker of Alexandrianism
Apollonius draws on Empedocles elsewhere most notably in Orpheus' song on the origin of the universe at 1.497-511,(15) just as Ovid includes Empedoclean colouring in his cosmogony at the beginning of the Metamorphoses.(16) Peter Knox argues that the Speech of Pythagoras may be taken as a symptom of Ovid's Alexandrianism
, pointing to Callimachus' use of Pythagoras in his poetry;(17) the Apollonian imitations of Empedocles show that in using this model as well Ovid continues an Alexandrian interest in earlier scientific poetry.