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Graffiti and the Literary Landscape in Roman Pompeii$
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Kristina Milnor

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199684618

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684618.001.0001

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Gender and Genre: The Case of CIL 4. 5296

Gender and Genre: The Case of CIL 4. 5296

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(p.190) (p.191) 4 Gender and Genre: The Case of CIL 4. 5296
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Graffiti and the Literary Landscape in Roman Pompeii
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Kristina Milnor

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684618.003.0005

CIL 4. 5296 represents the only female homoerotic love poem to survive from the ancient Roman world. This chapter uses the poem to discuss authorship and identity in graffiti poetry, a medium which gives us access to the voices of those not heard in the canon of ancient Latin poetry. Although the writing of ancient graffiti may not have been transgressive in modern terms, its distinct mode of authorship nonetheless gave space to non-elite authors to create distinct types of poetry. This chapter concludes with an appendix which describes and discusses the archaeological context in which CIL 4. 5296 was found, itself a curiosity and one which has not been described or considered in the scholarly record.

Keywords:   lesbian, love poetry, quotation, transgressive identity, non-elite author

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