Epigram: Volume 38 by Niall LivingstoneEpigram: Volume 38 by Niall Livingstone

Epigram: Volume 38

byNiall Livingstone, Gideon Nisbet

Paperback | June 7, 2010

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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.
Title:Epigram: Volume 38Format:PaperbackDimensions:186 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.31 inPublished:June 7, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521145708

ISBN - 13:9780521145701


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.