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Greek Epigram in ReceptionJ. A. Symonds, Oscar Wilde, and the Invention of Desire, 1805-1929$
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Gideon Nisbet

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199662494

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199662494.001.0001

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The Miscellanies of Bland and Merivale

The Miscellanies of Bland and Merivale

(p.38) (p.39) 1 The Miscellanies of Bland and Merivale
Greek Epigram in Reception

Gideon Nisbet

Oxford University Press

This chapter locates the original impulse of Britain’s love-affair with Greek epigram at the start of the nineteenth century, in a collaborative miscellany which naturalized the genre within British literary tradition and laid the groundwork for a modern critical language of epigram-connoisseurship, founded on ancient practice. Its editors, Bland and Merivale, eulogized the Hellenistic poet and prototypical anthologist Meleager as a Romantic poet, establishing his predominance within the history of his genre by extending to epigram Johann Winckelmann's ideas of rise, peak, and decline.An important context is identified in a new kind of quarterly literary-political periodical which turned collective into cultural memory within a newly concretized public sphere. The Reviews are where Greek epigram got its first foothold in public print, and remained a hotbed of Anthology translation for much of the century

Keywords:   epigram, Bland, Merivale, Meleager, Winckelmann, nineteenth-century journalism, censorship

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