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From Elegy to Epigram: Performative Aspects of Archaic Verse Inscriptions

Date and Time: 
Monday, April 25, 2016. 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
Stanford Humanities Center Board Room
Workshop: 
Oral Literature and Literate Orality
Meeting Description: 
Joseph Day discusses the relationship between elegy and epigram, exploring how orality and performance interacted with text in the ancient Greek world.
 
Joseph Day’s research has long focused on Greek epigram, that is, inscriptions in poetic meter, especially from the Archaic and early Classical periods.  He has worked on public epigrams and private epitaphs and dedications (gifts to gods deposited in sanctuaries). Day has developed a thesis that reading epigrams while viewing the inscribed object (often a statue) constituted a kind of reperformance.  Encounters with grave markers repeated key effects of the funeral, and those with dedications constituted a reperformance of the rite of dedicating.  Work on early dedications culminated in a book entitled Archaic Greek Epigram and Dedication:  Representation and Reperformance, which was published by Cambridge University Press in 2010.  He is now pursuing other epigrammatic topics:  first, he is turning into publishable form the conference papers listed in the next section; soon, he will begin work on a chapter about the origin of Greek epigram for the Blackwell Companion to Ancient Epigram.

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