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Epigram
(3,106 words)

I. Greek

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A. Beginnings

The epigram was a part of Greek literature throughout its entire history (the oldest documents coincide with the first examples of alphabetic script) and originally consisted of a short verse inscription or label on vases, cups, votive gifts, funeral steles, herms, etc. The occasion was always real and could be public or private in nature. The metre of the epigram was the epic hexameter, sporadically in combination with a dac…

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Degani, Enzo (Bologna) and Lausberg, Marion (Augsburg), “Epigram”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 04 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e332180>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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