n Ekklesiastikos Pharos - Life's like that : Palladas of Alexandria on human weakness : research article

Volume 94, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1018-9556



Palladas comes across as a pessimistic, ever-complaining and highly critical kind of poet, who attacks people, complains about his condition in life, mocks the old gods and his fellow-Greeks, and sees only the worst side of life. But many of his epigrams are lighter, more playful and sympathetic and have been largely neglected by scholars. This article offers a closer examination of epigrams that deal with human weaknesses such as avarice, insincere love, cowardice, ignorance, flattery and garrulity.

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