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Inscriptions and their Uses in Greek and Latin Literature
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Inscriptions and their Uses in Greek and Latin Literature

Peter Liddel and Polly Low

Abstract

The practice of reading, recording, and thinking about inscriptions is common to both the modern and ancient worlds. From the archaic period onwards, ancient literary authors working within a range of genres discussed and quoted a range of inscriptions (dedications, archives, legislation, funerary inscriptions) as ornamental devices, as alternative voices to that of the narrator, to display scholarship, to make points about history, politics, individual morality and piety, and even to express moral views about the nature of epigraphy. This volume is inspired and informed by the belief that mod ... More

Keywords: inscriptions, epigraphy, reception of inscriptions, epigraphical habit, Greek literature, Latin literature, monumentality, commemoration, audiences, material culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199665747
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665747.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Liddel, editor
Senior Lecturer in Ancient History, University of Manchester

Polly Low, editor
Senior Lecturer in Ancient History, University of Manchester

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Part I Literary Epigraphy and The Ancient Past

3 Herodotus and Temple Inventories

Elizabeth Kosmetatou

Part II Literary Epigraphy: Complementarity and Competition

15 Furor epigraphicus: Augustus, the Poets, and the Inscriptions

Jocelyne Nelis-Clément and Damien Nelis