n Ekklesiastikos Pharos - The iambic epigrams of Palladas of Alexandria

Volume 90, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1018-9556



Epigrammatic verse was predominantly composed in elegiac couplets; the reader of the iambic epigrams of Palladas of Alexandria (4th century CE) is therefore confronted by a mixing of genres. The epigram, originally an inscription on tomb or votive object, was celebratory in nature and purpose; the iambic form brings with it the element of psogos, scorn, mockery, censure, satire. This article examines the style, language and thought in the eighteen remaining iambic epigrams of Palladas to determine the nature of the iambic psogos.

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