New Surveys in the Classics Epigram: Series Number 38: Volume 38

New Surveys in the Classics Epigram: Series Number 38: Volume 38

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This is an introduction to the ancient genre of epigram, short poems literally written or inscribed 'on' an object or figuratively 'on' a topic. The authors set out what epigram means and why it matters, exploring its roots in inscriptions on stone and its literary flourishing in the Hellenistic world after Alexander. They trace its migration from Greece to Rome, where its most famous exponent was Martial, and consider the continuation of Greek epigram under the Roman empire in the so-called 'Second Sophistic'. The final chapter shows how Greek epigram achieved new importance in the nineteenth century as raw material for stories about the classical past.
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  • Paperback | 190 pages
  • 161 x 231 x 9mm | 280g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Worked examples or Exercises
  • 0521145708
  • 9780521145701
  • 1,371,681

Table of contents

Prologue: at the symposium; Introduction; Part I. The Inscriptional Beginnings of Literary Epigram; Part II. Epigram in the Hellenistic World; Part III. Epigram from Greece to Rome; Part IV. Epigram in the Second Sophistic and After; Part V. Ancient Epigram in Reception; Bibliography; Index.
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