The New Posidippus: A Hellenistic Poetry Book

Paperback | April 24, 2008

EditorKathryn Gutzwiller

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The Milan Papyrus ( P. Mil. Volg. VIII. 309), containing a collection of epigrams apparently all by Posidippus of Pella, provides one of the most exciting new additions to the corpus of Greek literature in decades. It not only contains over 100 previously unknown epigrams by one of the mostprominent poets of the third century BC, but as an artefact it constitutes our earliest example of a Greek poetry book. In addition to a poetic translation of the entire corpus of Posidippus' poetry, this volume contains essays about Posidippus by experts in the fields of papyrology, Hellenistic andAugustan literature, Ptolemaic history, and Graeco-Roman visual culture.

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The Milan Papyrus ( P. Mil. Volg. VIII. 309), containing a collection of epigrams apparently all by Posidippus of Pella, provides one of the most exciting new additions to the corpus of Greek literature in decades. It not only contains over 100 previously unknown epigrams by one of the mostprominent poets of the third century BC, but a...

Kathryn Gutzwiller is Professor in the Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.91 inPublished:April 24, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199541663

ISBN - 13:9780199541669

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Table of Contents

1. Kathryn Gutzwiller: Introduction2. Frank Nisetich: The Poems of PosidippusI. Papyrus Rolls, Readers, and Editors3. Colin Austin: Back from the Dead with Posidippus4. William Johnson: The Posidippus Papyrus: Bookroll and Reader5. Nita Krevans: The Editor's Toolbox: Strategies for Selection and Presentation in the Milan Epigram Papyrus6. Dirk Obbink: New Old Posidippus and Old New Posidippus: From Occasion to Edition in the `Epigrams'II. A Book in Sections7. Peter Bing: The Politics and Poetics of Geography in the Milan Posidippus, Section One: In Stones8. Ann Kuttner: Cabinet Fit for a Queen: The `Lithika' as Posidippus' Gem Museum9. David Sider: Posidippus on Weather Signs and the Tradition of Didactic Poetry10. Andrew Stewart: Posidippus and the Truth in Sculpture11. Alexander Sens: The Art of Poetry and the Poetry of Art: The Unity and Poetics of Posidippus' Statue-PoemsIII. Posidippus in a Ptolemaic Context12. Susan Stephens: Battle of the Books13. Marco Fantuzzi: `Posidippus' at Court: The Contribution of the `Hippika' of P. Mil. Volg. VIII. 309 to the Ideology of Ptolemaic Kingship14. Dorothy J. Thompson: Posidippus, Poet of the PtolemiesIV. A Hellenistic Book and its Literary Context15. Kathryn Gutzwiller: The Literariness of the Milan Papyrus, or What Difference a Book?16. Alessandro Barchiesi: The Search for the Perfect Book: A PS to the New Posidippus

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`...too large and too diverse a collection to be assessed in brief ... core reading for anyone interested in any aspect of this find.'Greece and Rome