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Epigram, Diction of
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The epigram is in its origin an epigraphic text engraved on a monument, be it an epitaph, a dedicatory inscription on an ex-voto, or an explanatory legend on a piece of art. This primitive form of epigram became entrenched and grew, absorbing literary elements and creating its own tradition. During the Hellenistic era, the so-called literary epigram, generally composed to be delivered at a …

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Angel Martinez Fernandez, “Epigram, Diction of”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 25 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000121>
First published online: 2013

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