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Archaic and Classical Greek Epigram

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Manuel Baumbach, Andrej Petrovic, Ivana Petrovic, Thomas A. Schmitz, Michael A. Tueller, Gert Vestrheim, Barbara E. Borg, Catherine M. Keesling, Katharina Lorenz, William D. Furley, Catherine Trümpy, Carolyn Higbie, Kathryn Gutzwiller, Rudolf Wachter, Richard Hunter, Marco Fantuzzi, Ewen Bowie, Jon Steffen Bruss
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  • Date Published: January 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521118057

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  • With contributions written by leading experts in the field, this volume explores the dialogue between Archaic and Classical Greek epigrams and their readers. The authors examine questions surrounding the identity of the speakers and the addressees. They also discuss the spatial, religious, historical and political contexts of epigram, as well as aspects of intertextuality, poetic variation and the creation of epigrammatic sub-genres. Collectively the volume demonstrates that the dominant view of epigram as a genre that became literary and artistic only in the Hellenistic period has to be revised. Archaic and Classical Greek epigrams did not simply serve the objects they describe but also demonstrate a high degree of aesthetic and literary achievement. This volume breaks new ground in the study of the genre and is important for scholars of classics, archaeology, epigraphy and papyrology.

    • Includes an extended bibliography to aid ideas for further reading
    • A full translation of the Greek is given to broaden the scope of the readership and help those with little or no knowledge of the language
    • Provides an introduction to the history of scholarship within Ancient Greek epigram and therefore provides an overview of the subject as a whole
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    'All in all, the interdisciplinary approach of this collection of essays will make it useful for those working in a wide range of fields, from archaeology to epigraphy, from ancient history to literature.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521118057
    • length: 454 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.85kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Manuel Baumbach, Andrej Petrovic and Ivana Petrovic
    Part I. Contextualisation
    Section 1. Speaking and Reading: The Dialogue between Epigram and Passerby:
    1. Speaker and addressee in early Greek epigram and lyric Thomas A. Schmitz
    2. The passerby in Archaic and Classical epigram Michael A. Tueller
    3. Voice in sepulchral epigrams: some remarks on the use of first and second person in sepulchral epigrams and a comparison with lyric poetry Gert Vestrheim
    Section 2. Art and Viewing: The Spatial Context:
    4. Epigrams in Archaic art: the 'Chest of Kypselos' Barbara E. Borg
    5. The Callimachus monument on the Athenian Acropolis (CEG 256) and Athenian commemoration of the Persian Wars Catherine M. Keesling
    6. 'Dialectics at a Standstill': Archaic kouroi-cum-epigram as I-Box Katharina Lorenz
    Section 3. Epigram and Performance: The Religious Context:
    7. Life in a line. A reading of dedicatory epigrams from the Archaic and Classical periods William D. Furley
    8. Observations on the dedicatory and sepulchral epigrams and their early history Catherine Trümpy
    Section 4. Propaganda and Memorial: The Historical and Political Context:
    9. Epigrams on the Persian Wars: monuments, memory and politics Carolyn Higbie
    10. True lies of public epigrams Andrej Petrovic
    Section 5. Generic and Literary Contexts: The Rise and Reception of Epigramatic Subgenera:
    11. Heroic epitaphs of the Classical age. The Aristotelian Peplos and beyond Kathryn Gutzwiller
    12. The origin of epigrams on 'Speaking Objects' Rudolf Wachter
    Part II. Literarization – From Stone to Book
    Section 1. Losing Context: Intertextuality and Poetic Variation:
    13. Language and interpretation in Greek epigram Richard Hunter
    14. Typologies of variation on a theme in Archaic and Classical metrical inscriptions Marco Fantuzzi
    Section 2. Inventing Contexts: Ecphrasis and Narration:
    15. Epigram as narration Ewen Bowie
    16. Ecphrasis in fits and starts? Down to 300 BC Jon Steffen Bruss

  • Editors

    Manuel Baumbach, Ruhr-Universität, Bochum, Germany
    Manuel Baumbach is Professor of Classics at Ruhr-Universität, Bochum, Germany. He is the co-editor of Labored in Papyrus Leaves: Perspectives on an Epigram Collection Attributed to Posidippus (2004) and Quintus Smyrnaeus: Transforming Homer in Second Sophistic Epic (2007).

    Andrej Petrovic, University of Durham
    Andrej Petrovic is Senior Lecturer in Greek History at the University of Durham. He is the author of a number of articles, mostly concerned with Greek epigraphy, religion and society.

    Ivana Petrovic, University of Durham
    Ivana Petrovic is Lecturer in Greek Literature at the University of Durham. She has published a number of articles on Hellenistic poetry and Greek religion.


    Manuel Baumbach, Andrej Petrovic, Ivana Petrovic, Thomas A. Schmitz, Michael A. Tueller, Gert Vestrheim, Barbara E. Borg, Catherine M. Keesling, Katharina Lorenz, William D. Furley, Catherine Trümpy, Carolyn Higbie, Kathryn Gutzwiller, Rudolf Wachter, Richard Hunter, Marco Fantuzzi, Ewen Bowie, Jon Steffen Bruss

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