Inscriptions and their Uses in Greek and Latin Literature

Hardcover | October 19, 2013

EditorPeter Liddel, Polly Low

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Inscriptions and their Uses in Greek and Latin Literature offers a broad set of perspectives on the diverse forms of epigraphic material present in ancient literary texts, and the variety of responses, both ancient and modern, which they can provoke.This collection of essays explores the various ways in which ancient authors used inscribed texts and documents. From the archaic period onwards, ancient literary authors working within a range of genres, such as oratory, philosophy, poetry, and historiography, discussed and quoted a variety ofinscriptions. They deployed them as ornamental devices, as alternative voices to that of the narrator, to display scholarship, to make points about history, politics, individual morality, and piety, and even to express moral views about the nature of epigraphy.

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Inscriptions and their Uses in Greek and Latin Literature offers a broad set of perspectives on the diverse forms of epigraphic material present in ancient literary texts, and the variety of responses, both ancient and modern, which they can provoke.This collection of essays explores the various ways in which ancient authors used inscr...

Peter Liddel is Senior Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Manchester. Polly Low is Senior Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Manchester.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:October 19, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceList of ContributorsList of Illustrations1. Peter Liddel and Polly Low: Introduction: The Reception of Ancient InscriptionsPart I: Literary Epigraphy and the Ancient Past2. Andreas Hartmann: Cui vetustas fidem faciat: Inscriptions and Other Material Relics of the Past in Greco-Roman Antiquity3. Elizabeth Kosmetatou: Herodotus and Temple Inventories4. Matthias Haake: Illustrating, Documenting, Making-Believe: The Use of Psephismata in Hellenistic Biographies of Philosophers5. Manuela Mari: From Inscriptions to Literature (and Sometimes Back Again): Some uses of the epigraphic sources in the ancient literary traditions on Delphi6. Yannis Tzifopoulos: Inscriptions as Literature in Pausanias' Exegesis of Hellas7. David Langslow: Archaic Latin Inscriptions and Greek and Roman Authors8. Andrej Petrovic: Inscribed Epigrams in Orators, Epigrammatic Schools, Epigrammatic CollectionsPart II: Literary Epigraphy: Complementarity and Competition9. Joseph Day: Epigraphic Literacy in Fifth-Century Epinician and its Audiences10. David Fearn: Kleos versus Stonea Lyric Poetry and Contexts for Memorialization11. Julia Lougovaya: Inscriptions on the Attic Stage12. Pauline LeVen: Aristotle's Hymn to Virtue and Funerary Inscriptions13. Andrew Morrison: Speaking from the Tomba The Disappearing Epitaph of Simonides in Callimachus, Aetia Fr. 64 Pf.14. Martin Dinter: Inscriptional Intermediality in Latin Literature15. Jocelyne Nelis-Clement and Damien Nelis: Furor Epigraphicus: Augustus, the Poets, and the Inscriptions16. Luke Houghton: Epitome and Eternity: Some Epitaphs and Votive Inscriptions in the Latin Love Elegists17. Alexei Zadorojnyi: Shuffling Surfaces: Epigraphy, Power, and Integrity in the Greco-Roman NarrativesIndex