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Poems that depict an object (lit.: 'Jests that reveal their maker's skill'). Viewed semiotically, they link the graphic and iconic with the linguistic and symbolic [4.140; 3]. The simultaneous occurrence of these affects the process of reception, which alternates between reading the words and looking at the image (full perception of technopaegnia can only be visual). A distinction can be made between: (a) outline poems, in which, based on polymetric verses, the outline shape of an object is reflected (technopaegnia in the narrower sense; the term is originally from Au…

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Plotke, Seraina (Basle), “Technopaegnia”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 22 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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