Important research in recent decades, along with the publication of P.Mil.Vogl. VIII 309 ('the Milan Posidippus papyrus') in 2001, have reinvigorated the study of Hellenistic epigram. Yet, scholarship on this genre often remains fragmented according to disciplinary sub-specialty and approach: some scholars focus on poets of Meleager’s Garland, others on Philip’s; some on inscriptional epigram, others on literary; each approaching the genre with different motives and questions. In this volume, expert scholars offer those less familiar with the genre an introduction to all aspects of Hellenistic epigram—from models and forms inherited from inscriptional epigram to poetology, sub-genera, epigrammatic intertexts, and ancient and modern reception. Even specialists will find here fresh explorations of epigram, along with new directions for scholarship.
Peter Bing, Ph.D. (1981) in Classics, University of Michigan, is Associate Professor of Classics at Emory University. He has published widely on Hellenistic poetry, including
The Well-Read Muse (Göttingen, 1988) and
The Marble and the Scroll (Ann Arbor, 2007).
Jon Steffen Bruss, Ph.D. (2000) in Classics, University of Minnesota, is Assistant Professor of Classical Languages at The University of the South. His several publications on Hellenistic poetry include a study on funerary epigram,
Hidden Presences (Leuven, 2005).
All those interested in classical Greek poetry, the history of the book, the history of literature, Hellenistic culture and history, Western poetry, especially epigram, and classical philologists and epigraphists