The New Posidippus: A Hellenistic Poetry Book

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Oxford University Press, Sep 22, 2005 - Literary Collections - 394 pages
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The Milan Papyrus ( P. Mil. Volg. VIII. 309), containing a collection of epigrams apparently all by Posidippus of Pella, provides one of the most exciting new additions to the corpus of Greek literature in decades. It not only contains over 100 previously unknown epigrams by one of the most prominent poets of the third century BC, but as an artefact it constitutes our earliest example of a Greek poetry book. In addition to a poetic translation of the entire corpus of Posidippus'poetry, this volume contains essays about Posidippus by experts in the fields of papyrology, Hellenistic and Augustan literature, Ptolemaic history, and Graeco-Roman visual culture.
  

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 The Poems of Posidippus
17
PAPYRUS ROLLS READERS AND EDITORS
65
A BOOK IN SECTIONS
117
POSIDIPPUS IN A PTOLEMAIC CONTEXT
227
A HELLENISTIC BOOK AND ITS LITERARY CONTEXT
285
Bibliography
343
Index Locorum
373
General Index
383
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Kathryn Gutzwiller is Professor in the Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati.

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