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Tombs of the Ancient PoetsBetween Literary Reception and Material Culture$
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Nora Goldschmidt and Barbara Graziosi

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198826477

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198826477.001.0001

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Silent Bones and Singing Stones

Silent Bones and Singing Stones

Materializing the Poetic Corpus in Hellenistic Greece

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Tombs of the Ancient Poets

Verity Platt

Oxford University Press

This chapter investigates the relationship between materiality and textuality in the Hellenistic period, by focusing on real and imagined tombs of poets. At a time not only of feverish activity when literary texts were being collected, copied, catalogued, canonized, and archived, but also when contemporary poetry was carefully situating itself in relation to an emerging library culture, and, what is more, when texts were being reframed and circulated in the context of anthologies, the tomb as inscribed marker of the poet’s literal corpus offered a rich analogy to the physical objects that sustained his or her surviving corpus of work.

Keywords:   Epitymbia, inscription, Archilocheion, papyrus, tomb, Hellenistic Greece, materiality

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