Greek "literary" epigrams constitute one of the most versatile and
dynamic poetic forms in the Hellenistic period. Originally modeled
on the anonymous epitaphs and dedications inscribed on monuments
throughout antiquity, these short poems came to include a variety
of subtypes and served as a vehicle for Hellenistic poets to
experiment with themes and motifs from other genres. This edition
introduces students to a wide selection of epigrams from the third
and second centuries BCE. It provides substantial help in
construing the Greek and will be appropriate for those approaching
the genre for the first time, whilst also containing material of
interest to scholars. It includes work by the most important
epigrammatists of this period, with substantial attention paid to
the way these poets engage with the epigraphic and literary
traditions. The Introduction provides an overview of the history of
the genre and of its formal features, including dialect and meter.
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