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    The Getty Hexameters: Poetry, Magic, and Mystery in Ancient Selinous (Hardback)(English / Greek, Ancient (to 1453)) Edited by Christopher A. Faraone, Edited by Dirk Obbink

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    DescriptionThe Getty Hexameters looks in detail at a series of forty-four magical verses inscribed on a recently discovered lead tablet from Sicily in the fifth century BC, which is now in the Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Divided into two sections, the volume consists of a general introduction to the new inscriptions, together with a critical text and English translation, photographs, and drawings. The second section contains a collection of eleven interpretative essays which treat various aspects of the text, including religious and civic context, date and poetic language, transmission, and connections to ancient magic and ritual practice. The volume is the first complete critical edition of the Greek text to appear in print and contains important scholarship for the field of classics from an acclaimed list of contributors.

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    The Getty Hexameters
    Poetry, Magic, and Mystery in Ancient Selinous
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Christopher A. Faraone, Edited by Dirk Obbink
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 146 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 480 g
    Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
    ISBN 13: 9780199664108
    ISBN 10: 0199664102

    BIC subject category V2: DSC
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.4
    BIC E4L: LIT
    Libri: I-HP
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AHA
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010, LCO003000
    DC22: 881.01
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    DC23: 881.01
    BIC subject category V2: DB
    LC classification: PA3521 .G488 2013
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    Thema language qualifier V1.0: 2AHA
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    28 February 2014
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    Author Information
    Dirk Obbink is University Lecturer in Papyrology and Greek Literature and Tutorial Fellow in Greek, Christ Church College, University of Oxford
    Table of contents
    PREFACE ; LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS ; INTRODUCTION ; GREEK TEXT AND TRANSLATION ; PHOTOGRAPHS AND DRAWINGS ; 1. The Getty Hexameters: Date, Author, Place of Composition ; 2. The Language of the Hexameter Verses from Selinous Variants and Archetypes ; 3. Spoken and Written Boasts in the Getty Hexameters ; 4. The Ephesia grammata: Genesis of a Magical Formula ; 5. The Ephesia grammata: Logos Orphaikos or Apolline Alexima Pharmakaa ; 6. Magical Verses on a Lead Tablet: Amulet or Anthologya ; 7. Myth and the Getty Hexameters ; 8. The Immortal Words of Paean ; 9. Poetry and the Mysteries ; APPENDIX: THE LEAD TABLET FROM PHALASARNA ; BIBLIOGRAPHY ; INDICES