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Lyricism in Hellenistic Epigram

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From the journal Trends in Classics


The paper explores the lyrical qualities of Hellenistic epigram not only by linking it to the lyric poems and tropes of the past but primarily by drawing on the modern understanding of lyric as genre or mode. Taking as a point of departure the notion of lyric subjectivity, it discusses the degree to which the poet’s voice is involved in the different types of epigram, namely dedicatory, sepulchral and erotic. An in-depth reading of selected epigrams from the Greek Anthology brings to light the various uses and emotional effects of the lyric ‘I’ within the rhetoric of the epigrammatic discourse.


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Published Online: 2017-11-29
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