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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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A Portrait of the Poet as a Young Man

A Portrait of the Poet as a Young Man

The Tomb of Quintus Sulpicius Maximus on the Via Salaria

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Tombs of the Ancient Poets

Valentina Garulli

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the tomb of Quintus Sulpicius Maximus, who competed in poetry at the Capitoline Games of 94 CE and died soon afterwards at the age of 11. The boy’s parents set up an elaborate funerary monument in his memory, explaining its design: ‘lest his parents may seem to have been unduly influenced by their affection for him, his extemporaneous verses have been inscribed here.’ This chapter provides a new edition and translation of the text, and reads the inscription in its social, literary, and material context. Since the only surviving version of Sulpicius’ prize-winning poem is carved on the tomb, in this example scroll and marble coincide: the oeuvre is the monument itself.

Keywords:   Quintus Sulpicius Maximus, epigraphy, family, poetry, tomb

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