Priapea (Carmina Priapea)
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A. Authorship issue

The so-called Carmina Priapea (Priapea = P.) are the work of an anonymous Latin author probably active in the 1st or 2nd cent. AD. Scholars long believed that the collection was an anthology of poems by various authors. As recent studies have been able to show, however, it is far likelier to be a carefully structured book of epigrams by a single author [1]; [2]; [8]; [9]. Classical scholars of the 1…

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Höschele, Regina, “Priapea (Carmina Priapea)”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 5 : The Reception of Classical Literature, English edition by Matthijs H. Wibier (2012). Original German-language edition: Die Rezeption der antiken Literatur. Herausgegeben von Christine Walde in Verbindung mit Brigitte Egger. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2010). Consulted online on 22 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: 9789004218932, 20101111

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