The pun and the moon in the sky: Aratus' acrostic

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Aratus has been notorious for his wordplay since the first decades of his reception. Hellenistic readers such as Callimachus, Leonidas, or 'King Ptolemy' seem to have picked up on the pun on the author's own name at Phaenomena 2, as well as on the famous λπτ® acrostic at Phaen. 783-6 that will be revisited here. Three carefully placed occurrences of the adjective have so far been uncovered in the passage, but for a full appreciation of its elegance we must note that Aratus has set his readers up to notice a fourth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)609-614
Number of pages6
JournalClassical Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - Nov 20 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Classics
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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