n Ekklesiastikos Pharos - The poor poet : Palladas on poverty

Volume 91, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1018-9556



This article deals with the Alexandrian poet Palladas's epigrams on poverty. The epigrams are analysed in detail to ascertain the poet's expression of his attitudes to poverty in general and to his own in particular. Other poets before him had treated this theme, but Palladas exhibits an individual voice evident in his witty and skillful use of language. He laments his own poverty resulting from his career as a , graphically depicting the social stigma attached to the indigent, attacking wealth and the wealthy, hinting at an equally unrewarding alternative career, and finally accepting his lot.

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