Asclepiades of Samos: Epigrams and Fragments

Asclepiades of Samos: Epigrams and Fragments


Edited by Alexander Sens

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 472 pages
  • Dimensions: 144mm x 218mm x 34mm | 680g
  • Publication date: 30 December 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199253196
  • ISBN 13: 9780199253197
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,157,405

Product description

This is the first commentary in English devoted exclusively to the surviving epigrams and fragments of Asclepiades of Samos, a Hellenistic poet who exerted great influence on the work of his contemporaries and helped shape the genre of literary epigram for many generations. The volume contains an extensive introduction, a new critical text and translation, and a full literary and philological commentary. Alexander Sens's main focus is on the way in which Asclepiades engages with the Greek literary tradition, but attention is also paid to his influence on later writers.

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Author information

Alexander Sens is Joseph Durkin SJ Professor of Classics at Georgetown University.

Review quote

a great contribution to the study of Asclepiades Charles S. Campbell, Exemplaria Classica With its insightful, learned, and sensitive literary treatment of the poems it will become an indispensable tool for those interested in epigram and Hellenistic literature in general. Lucia Floridi, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION ; I. Life and works ; II. The development of Hellenistic epigram ; III. Asclepiades and inscribed epigram ; IV. Erotic epigram and its generic background ; V. Narrative voice and genre ; VI. Asclepiades and his contemporaries ; VII. Asclepiades at court ; VIII. Language and style ; IX. Metre ; X. The transmission of the text ; TESTIMONIA ; SIGLA ; TEXT AND COMMENTARY