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Greek Epigram in Reception – J. A. Symonds, Oscar Wilde, and the Invention of Desire, 1805-1929 - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Greek Epigram in Reception: J. A. Symonds, Oscar Wilde, and the Invention of Desire, 1805-1929

Gideon Nisbet


This book develops a case study of a single ancient Greek verse genre, epigram, in its modern reception from 1805 to 1929. Previously exclusive to an educated elite for whom it served time-honoured functions in pedagogy and social exchange, epigram in the nineteenth century became an important site of contestation between mainstream and dissident Hellenisms in the public sphere. Its principal literary repository, the Greek Anthology, was hailed as a unique social document which gave unmediated access to ancient private lives. Picking and choosing from its thousands of poems let translators and ... More

Keywords: epigram, reception, translation studies, Victorian studies, history of sexuality, self-fashioning, history of scholarship, Addington Symonds, Wilde, Mackail

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199662494
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199662494.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gideon Nisbet, author
Reader in Classics, University of Birmingham