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Labored in Papyrus Leaves

Labored in Papyrus Leaves

Perspectives on an Epigram Collection Attributed to Posidippus (P. Mil. Vogl. VIII 309)

Edited by Benjamin Acosta-Hughes, Elizabeth Kosmetatou, and Manuel Baumbach

ISBN 9780674011052

Publication date: 04/15/2004

This colloquium volume celebrates a new Hellenistic epigram collection attributed to the third-century B.C.E. poet Posidippus, one of the most significant literary finds in recent memory. Included in this collection are an unusual variety of voices and perspectives: papyrological, art historical, archaeological, historical, literary, and aesthetic. These texts are considered as individual poems and as collective artifact, an early poetry book. The volume will be of interest to readers of Greek and Latin epigram, students of the Hellenistic period, and all readers interested in the aesthetics of poetry collection and the evolution of the poetry book in antiquity.


  • Benjamin Acosta-Hughes is Assistant Professor of Greek and Latin at the Department of Classical Studies, University of Michigan.
  • Elizabeth Kosmetatou is Associate Professor of History at the University of Illinois, Springfield.
  • Manuel Baumbach is Wissenschaftlicher Assistant of Professor Dr. G. W. Most of the Classics Department at the University of Heidelberg.

Book Details

  • Center for Hellenic Studies