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When does a short poem stop being short?

Or rather, or rather what are the implications of a poem just short enough still to be considered short, if a bit on the longish side? This prodigious, ambitious collection of essays, which presents revised versions of papers delivered at an international conference held at the University of Cassino in peigrammi, explores a set of interrelated questions: These questions highlight a tantalizing paradox at the heart of the eppigrammi genre of the epigram.

If a genre is defined ultimately by its brevity, at what length does a poem treating epigramml epigrammatic topic in an epigrammatic manner cease to be a simple epigram and become that strange beast: In less skilled hands, this investigation could easily have turned into a dismal exercise in plowing the shore, as requisite caveats and exceptions confounded the quest for the essential nature s of longa.

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But, with admirable care and erudition, the contributors to this collection take the epigramma longum as a starting point for far more productive inquiries into a host of topics pertinent to the study of epigrammatic and para-epigrammatic literature—both Greek and Latin, canonical and unfamiliar. Although the compelling articles in this collection will be of greatest interest to those who specialize in the diverse authors and topics discussed therein, any scholar studying epigrams, verse epitaphs, occasional or short-form poetry, and the literary milieux of the high Empire or the fi renaissance of late antiquity both in the Greek East and Latin West will find something—and likely much more—of marziaoe in these pages.


The editor is to be commended for assembling an indispensable starting-point for any future discussion of these challenging but important subjects. It makes sense to begin, as do many of the contributions in the maziale, with the definition for longa advanced by H. Rather, the collection permits a multiplicity of approaches to the problem, leaving it to its contributors to define epigrammatic measure within the context of their own essays.

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The contributions encompass an impressive range of classical antiquity and beyondfrom the origins of the epigram as a literary phenomenon in the Classical and Hellenistic periods, its development in the hands of the Neoterics and Martial, to its marzia,e revivification by the nugatory Greek and Latin poets of late antiquity. But other authors and texts receive extensive treatments—e.

The essays offer a epigrrammi of surveys and close philological investigations of narziale few poems. Most of the articles in this collection follow a standard pattern: Without exception the papers manifest the ameliorating refinements of revision, including the addition of lavish bibliographic apparatus. Much of this may be old news for the specialist; but it is invaluable for the tiroespecially one seeking to gain a toehold in the vibrant scene of Italian scholarship on Martial and late-imperial poetry.

The range and detail of the essays in this collection defy summary let alone critique in the space available.

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In what follows here I will draw attention to epitrammi few of the survey articles that may be of interest to the greatest number of readers. The prefatory contribution of A. Rather brevity is a function of artistic realism: Three other surveys deserve special mention.


In his survey of the rare Hellenistic longaF. Cairns in English elaborates many of the fundamental features of longaincluding the factors that call for a longum and the strategies by which epigrams are expanded. Any scholar with an interest in late antique Latin poetry should add this essay to his or her reading list.

His essay provides a useful reminder of the importance that performative context holds for epigrammatic literature and the continued if difficult to assess influence of epitaphica on the literary epigram.

Given the size of this collection and the detail of many of its essays, the editor is to be commended for the meticulous care he gave to its presentation. The format of citations is uniform there is, unfortunately, no consolidated bibliography. The decision to translate Latin and Greek has been left to each contributor.

Errors are thankfully rare and almost always of a trivial nature e. The second volume concludes with three indices: Each of the two soft-cover volumes sports a sturdy and simple but attractive dust jacket; the printing is of high and consistent quality; and the glued binding withstood repeated reading.

Osservazioni sulla storia di un termine Greco-Latino. Bryn Mawr Classical Review Atti del Convegno internazionale Cassino, maggio Reviewed by Bret Mulligan, Haverford College bmulliga haverford. Contributors Volume One 1.

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