New Poems, New Date?
The chapter first discusses the date of the newly published Palladas papyrus, then accepts, with qualifications, that the papyrus may when complete have been an epigram anthology of the poet Palladas of Alexandria. It examines semantic evidence from poems preserved in the Palatine Anthology to find links with the antipagan riots in Alexandria and Constantinople. References to the melting down of statues have been used to propose that Palladas lived a century earlier than previously thought. Constantine beautified Constantinople with statues sent from many other cities and the chapter analyzes the reasons for the importation, considering claims that, on one hand, it signified Constantine’s ambiguous attitude toward Christianity and, on the other, that it was consistent with a general trend of city development since the Hellenistic age.
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