Hellenistic Poetry introduced a wide range of verse forms to Greek, as the language spread throughout the Mediterranean basin. We will read selections from Callimachus, Theocritus, Apollonius, and others, paying attention to metre, cultural/performative contexts, and the impact on subsequent Latin literature. We will also read Menander’s comedy Samia in translation, in order to position his theatre in the wider literary contexts of the Hellenistic age.