Images of Eternal Beauty in Funerary Verse Inscriptions of the Hellenistic and Greco-Roman Periods

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BRILL, Nov 1, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 245 pages
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In "'Images of Eternal Beauty in Funerary Verse Inscriptions of the Hellenistic and Greco-Roman Periods" Andrzej Wypustek provides a study of various forms of poetic heroization that became increasingly widespread in Greek funerary epigram. The deceased were presented as eternally young heroes, oblivious of old age and death, as stars shining with an eternal brightness in heavens or in Ether, or as the ones chosen by the gods, abducted by them to their home in the heavens or married to them in the other world (following the examples of Ganymede, Adonis, Hylas and Persephone). The author demonstrates that, for all their diversity, the common feature of these verse inscriptions was the praise of beauty of the dead.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
I Eschatological Themes in Epigrams
5
II The Dead As Gods
29
III The Dead As Heroes
65
IV Marriages with the Gods
97
V The Deceased As the Chosen Ones and the Lovers of Deities
125
VI The Deceased As the Charges of Deities
157
VII Overview and Conclusions
177
Bibliography
201
Index of Ancient Names
237
Index of Subjects
243
Index of Notable Greek Terms
246
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About the author (2012)

Andrzej Wypustek, Ph.D. (1998), University of Wroc aw, Poland, is associate professor of ancient history at the Institute of History of that university. He is the author of a number of scholarly articles and three books on various aspects of ancient history.

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