Brill's Companion to Hellenistic Epigram (Brill's Companions by Bing, P., Bruss, J., Peter Bing, Jon Steffen Bruss

By Bing, P., Bruss, J., Peter Bing, Jon Steffen Bruss

An the world over well known set of specialists on epigram bargains an creation, clean techniques, and new path to the learn of Hellenistic-era epigram through exploring the types, kinds, poetology, sub-genera, intertexts, and historic and glossy reception of Hellenistic epigram.

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The physical context of both literary and inscribed epigram is divorced from its “original” setting (Àctive or real), and readers are automatically implicated in an elaborate Ergänzungsspiel, aided by the technical, archeological, epigraphical, and text-critical tools supplied by editors. The most basic grouping of published epigrams is driven by their origin—or rather, by where modern scholars have “found” these epigrams: generally, inscribed epigrams appear in collections discrete from editions of literary epigrams, and vice versa.

Many such monuments bore epigrams,31 and tern books, as they are also called) may have existed early on, and that these circulated among sculptors and stone-cutters: “What perhaps happened in the fourth century was that inscriptional epigrams were collected for circulation as reading material for pleasure, as opposed to earlier professional use by stone-cutters” (email 9/12/06). 27 On the interplay between inscribed and literary epigram, see Bettenworth in this volume; Bruss (2005b) explores literary borrowings from inscribed sepulchral epigram.

Introduction 19 Peek’s travel limitations—his research was interrupted by World War II and the Cold War—necessarily restricted his use of autopsy; instead, he often used photographs, relying also on sketches, rubbings, and earlier publications. Peek’s arrangement in GVI and GG differs markedly from that of his successors. C. and carrying forward into late antiquity. Originally conceived to be much larger and accompanied by a second volume with later inscriptions, Friedländer and HofÁeit (1948) too, suffered from the intervention of World War II.

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