n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - 'He smiles and is gentle' : the lighter side of Palladas of Alexandria

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Most of Palladas' epigrams are serious, sarcastic, bitter and pessimistic, and this is the overwhelming impression we have of his work as a whole. Yet there are lighter moments in his poems, where he seems to relax and look more objectively, kindly and forgivingly at the world and people around him. In short, he smiles. Within the larger context of his this act of smiling comes as a surprise. This article examines the epigrams that reveal this lighter side of his nature.


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