Taking a wide selection of Greek funerary epigrams from the 6th to 4th centuries BC, this volume considers their historical and chronological contexts to draw out information about the society that created them. Using both Hansen's corpus of epigrams and wider examples, it gives priority to those cases where the whole monument ensemble is preserved, both text and image, enabling a much better understanding of the significance of the texts.
A thematic structure within a broader chronological framework provides a valuable lens on the epigrams, allowing readers to compare particular types across the time period. After introducing the funerary landscape in which the selected epigrams fit, Gonzalez briefly considers the literary form of epigrams as a foil for the rest of the book. The remaining chapters focus on epitaphs of individuals in the most significant stages of life, where gender differences are most marked: themes include untimely death, women and wives, friendship, piety and non-kin love. All epigrams are offered in Greek, followed by an English translation. The analysis focuses on the literary aspects of the epigrams, as well as on the information they provide about both society and religion of ancient Greece.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 494 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
A useful and accessible introduction for readers who are new to the subject. It offers a wide variety of epigrams, all presented in the original Greek ... together with G.G.'s English translations ... Provides an indication of the epigraphic and iconographic source material along with a rich and up-to-date bibliography. * The Classical Review *
This book offers a survey of Greek funerary epigram up to the 4th century and introduces readers to its development and several of its most salient themes. Those new to the subject will find much of value within its pages. -- Donald E. Lavigne, Associate Professor of Classics, Texas Tech University, USA
The Ancient Greeks commemorated some of their dead with grave monuments that included statues or relief sculptures and epitaphs written in poetic verse. This book offers an excellent, highly readable introduction to these mixed-media memorials that can still bring tears to the eyes with their records of young people dead before marriage and sad testimonies to the pain of parents, husbands, and dear friends who commissioned the monuments. -- Joseph Day, Emeritus Professor of Classics, Wabash College, USA