This colloquium volume celebrates a new Hellenistic epigram collection attributed to the third-century B.C.E. poet Posidippus, one of the most significant literary finds in recent memory. Included in this collection are an unusual variety of voices and perspectives: papyrological, art historical, archaeological, historical, literary, and aesthetic. These texts are considered as individual poems and as collective artifact, an early poetry book. The volume will be of interest to readers of Greek and Latin epigram, students of the Hellenistic period, and all readers interested in the aesthetics of poetry collection and the evolution of the poetry book in antiquity.
About the Author
Elizabeth Kosmetatou is a Fellow of the Flemish Fund for Scientific Research at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium).
Manuel Baumbach is Wissenschaftlicher Assistant of Professor Dr. G. W. Most of the Classics Department at the University of Heidelberg.
?Beate Dignas is Tutor in Ancient History, Somerville College, Oxford University.
Dirk Obbink is University Lecturer in Papyrology and Greek Literature, Christ Church, Oxford.
David Schur is Lecturer on Literature, Harvard University.
Kai Trampedach is Professor of Ancient History at Heidelberg University.
Table of Contents
(B. Acosta-Hughes, M. Baumbach, E. Kosmetatou)
1. The Manuscript
(D. Obbink and S. Stephens)
2. Posidippus on Papyri Old and New
3. Posidippus Old and New
4. Alexandrian Posidippus: On Rereading the GP Epigrams in Light of P.Mil.Vogl. VIII 309
5. Homeric Echoes in Posidippus
6. Doricisms in the New and Old Posidippus
7. A New Hellenistic Poetry Book: P.Mil.Vogl. VIII 309
8. Notes on the Lithika of Posidippus
9. Elusive Stones: Reading Posidippus' Lithika through Technical Writing on Stones
10. A Garland of Stones: Hellenistic Lithika as Reflections on Poetic Transformations
11. "Winged Words": Poetry and Divination in Posidippus' Oionoskopika
(M. Baumbach and K. Trampedach)
12. For You, Arsinoe...
13. Posidippus and the Mysteries. Epitymbia Read by the Ancient Historian (Grave InscriptionsGrave Epigrams)
14. Vision and Visibility: Art Historical Theory Paints a Portrait of New Leadership in Posidippus' Andriantopoiika
15. The Structure of the Hippika in P.Mil.Vogl. VIII 309
16. Constructing Legitimacy: The Ptolemaic Familiengruppe as a Means for Self-Definition in Posidippus' Hippika
17. Reading as Seeing: P.Mil.Vogl. VIII 309 and Greek Art
18. "Drownded in the Tide": The Nauagika and Some "Problems" in Augustan Poetry
19. Posidippus' Iamatika
20. 'Tropoi' (Posidippus AB 102-103)
Afterword: An Archeologist's Perspective on the Milan Papyrus