Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism

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Epigram
(2,776 words)

A. Concept and ancient origins

The word E. (Greek epígramma) originally denoted an 'inscription' or 'label' put on a solid piece of material (e.g. a vase, beaker, funerary stele or herm). The E. was metrical from the outset in Greece, the most frequent metre being the hexameter, which from the 6th cent. BC was usually combined with a dactylic pentameter to make a couplet, and sometimes also with an iambic trimeter. It was preferred for funerary and votive inscriptions. The E. developed a career increasi…

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Ciccolella, Federica (College Station, Texas), “Epigram”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014). Consulted online on 14 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps8_SIM_004858>
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