The Getty Hexameters: Poetry, Magic, and Mystery in Ancient Selinous

Hardcover | January 3, 2014

EditorChristopher A. Faraone, Dirk Obbink

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The 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 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 ...

Christopher A. Faraone is Frank Curtis Springer and Gertrude Melcher Springer Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Classics at the University of Chicago Dirk Obbink is University Lecturer in Papyrology and Greek Literature and Tutorial Fellow in Greek, Christ Church College, University of Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:January 3, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Kenneth Lapatin, Curator, Getty Villa Museum: PrefaceList of AbbreviationsC. A. Faraone and D. Obbink: IntroductionGreek Text and TranslationPhotographs and Drawings1. Jan Bremmer: The Getty Hexameters: Date, Author, Place of Composition2. Richard Janko: The Language of the Hexameter Verses from Selinous Variants and Archetypes3. Christopher A. Faraone: Spoken and Written Boasts in the Getty Hexameters4. Alberto Bernabe: The Ephesia grammata: Genesis of a Magical Formula5. The Ephesia grammata: Logos Orphaikos or Apolline Alexima Pharmakaa6. Magical Verses on a Lead Tablet: Amulet or Anthologya7. Sarah Iles Johnston: Myth and the Getty Hexameters8. Ian Rutherford: The Immortal Words of Paean9. Dirk Obbink: Poetry and the MysteriesAppendix: The Lead Tablet from PhalasarnaBibliographyIndices