Poetry on Stone: Subliterary Verse Inscriptions and Sub-elite Culture in Greco-Roman Egypt
(Teresa Morgan, 13 November, 1997)

This paper examined the corpus of some 200 published verse inscriptions, including epitaphs, graffiti, dedications and honorific inscriptions. Looking at who set up verse inscriptions and what they wrote (or had written) gives us access to the literary culture and aspirations of a wider social spectrum than we find in literary texts. The paper examined the language and literary references of inscriptions and attempted to reconstruct something of their cultural significance in their social and geographical context.

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