Labored in Papyrus Leaves: Perspectives on an Epigram Collection Attributed to Posidippus (P.Mil.Vogl. VIII 309)

  Acosta-Hughes, Benjamin, Elizabeth Kosmetatou, and Manuel Baumbach, eds. 2004. Labored in Papyrus Leaves: Perspectives on an Epigram Collection Attributed to Posidippus (P.Mil.Vogl. VIII 309). Hellenic Studies Series 2. Washington, DC: Center for Hellenic Studies.


Benjamin Acosta-Hughes is Assistant Professor of Greek and Latin at the University of Michigan. He specializes in Archaic and Hellenistic poetry, and in the translation of erotic epigram. His publications include Polyeideia—The Iambi of Callimachus and the Archaic Iambic Tradition (Berkeley 2002). He is currently writing a book on the Hellenistic reception of Archaic lyric.

Manuel Baumbach is Wissenschaftlicher Assistent of Greek at the University of Heidelberg. His recent work has focused on the reception of Classical literature. He is the editor of Tradita et Inventa. Beiträge zur Rezeption der Antike (Heidelberg 2000) and the author of Lukian in Deutschland: eine forschungs- und rezeptionsgeschichtliche Analyse vom Humanismus bis zur Gegenwart (Munich 2002). His articles include works on Simonidean epigram (Poetica 32, 2000), Hellenistic poetry, and Virgil’s Eclogues (Philologus 145, 2001). He is currently preparing a commentary on Chariton’s Callirhoe.

Peter Bing is Professor of Classics at Emory University and specializes in Archaic and Hellenistic poetry, Greek tragedy and comedy, Greek religion and myth, and Roman comedy. His publications include The Well-Read Muse: Present and Past in Callimachus and the Hellenistic Poets (Göttingen 1988), Games of Venus: An Anthology of Greek and Roman Erotic Verse from Sappho to Ovid [co-authored with R. Cohen] (New York 1991), “Ergänzungsspiel in the Epigrams of Callimachus” (A&A 41, 1995) and “Between Literature and the Monuments” in Hellenistica Groningana III (Groningen 1998).

Beate Dignas is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Michigan. She is interested in Hellenistic history, epigraphy, and Greek religion, and is the author of Rom und das Perserreich. Zwei Weltmächte zwischen Konfrontation und Koexistenz [with Engelbert Winter] (Berlin 2001) and Economy of the Sacred in Hellenistic and Roman Asia Minor (Oxford 2002).

Marco Fantuzzi is Professor of Greek literature at the University of Macerata and in the Graduate School of Greek and Latin philology at the University of Florence. He specializes in Hellenistic poetry, and his most important publications include an edition and commentary of the Epitaph of Adonis by Bion of Smyrna, a monograph on the style of Apollonius Rhodius, and Muse e modelli. La poesia ellenistica da Alessandro Magno ad Agusto [with Richard Hunter] (Rome-Bari 2002).

Kathryn Gutzwiller is Professor of Classics at the University of Cincinnati. She specializes in Hellenistic poetry, and her publications include Studies in the Hellenistic Epyllion (Meisenheim am Glan 1981), Theocritus’ Pastoral Analogies: The Formation of a Genre (Madison 1991) and Poetic Garlands: Hellenistic Epigrams in Context (Berkeley 1998), which won the American Philological Association’s Goodwin Award of Merit in 2001. She is currently editing a volume entitled The New Posidippus: A Hellenistic Poetry Book and is writing a commentary on the epigrams of Meleager, both for Oxford University Press.

Gail Hoffman is Visiting Associate Professor of Classical Studies and Fine Arts at Boston College. She specializes in the artistic interconnections between the Near East and Greece during the first millennium BCE. Her publications include Imports and Immigrants: Near Eastern Contacts with Iron Age Crete (Michigan 1997), “Painted Ladies: Early Cycladic II Mourning Figures” (AJA 106, 2002), and “Defining Identities: Greek Artistic Interaction with the Near East” in Continuity, Innovation and Cultural Contact in early 1st millennium B.C. Levantine Art, ed. C. Uehlinger (Fribourg Switzerland, forthcoming).

Richard Hunter is Regius Professor of Greek and Fellow of Trinity College at Cambridge University. His principal interests are Hellenistic poetry, narrative literature, and the reception of Greek literature at Rome. His publications include The Argonautica of Apollonius: Literary Studies (Cambridge 1993), Theocritus and the Archaeology of Greek Poetry (Cambridge 1996), Theocritus. A Selection. Idylls 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11 and 13 (Cambridge 1999) and Muse e modelli. La poesia ellenistica da Alessandro Magno ad Augusto [with Marco Fantuzzi] (Rome-Bari 2002).

Elizabeth Kosmetatou is Fellow of the Flemish Fund for Scientific Research at the Catholic University Leuven. Her main interests are in Hellenistic history, epigraphy, and ancient politics. Her publications include “The Legend of the Hero Pergamus” (AncSoc 25, 1995), “Lycophron’s ‘Alexandra’ Reconsidered: The Attalid Connection” (Hermes 128, 2000), “The Public Image of Julia Mamaea. An Epigraphic and Numismatic Inquiry” (Latomus 61, 2002), and “The Attalids of Pergamon” in Blackwell’s Hellenistic Companion (Oxford 2003). She is currently writing a book on the Delian inventory lists.

Gregory Nagy is Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University and Director of the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C. He specializes in Homeric studies and linguistics. His publications include The Best of the Achaeans: Concepts of the Hero in Archaic Greek Poetry (Baltimore, 1979; second edition, 1999), which won the American Philological Association’s Goodwin Award of Merit in 1982, Homeric Questions (Austin 1996); and Plato’s Rhapsody and Homer’s Music: The Poetics of the Panathenaic Festival in Classical Athens (Cambridge [Mass.] 2002).

Dirk Obbink is Lecturer and Fellow of Christ Church College, Oxford University. He is the Editor of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri and is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. He specializes in Greek literature and papyrology. His publications include Philodemus on Piety Part I: Critical Text with Commentary (Oxford 1996), “Anoubion, Elegiacs” in The Oxyrhynchus Papyri, Vol. 66 (ed. N. Gonis and others, nos. 4503-7), Egypt Exploration Society (London 1999), and Matrices of Genre. Authors, Canons and Society [with M. Depew] (Cambridge [Mass.] 2000).

Nassos Papalexandrou is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Texas at Austin. He specializes in Greek art and archaeology, with special emphasis on the visual culture of the early Iron Age. He is the author of The Visual Poetics of Power: Warriors, Youths and Tripods in Early Greek Culture (Lexington Books, forthcoming).

David Schur is Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics at Miami University, Ohio. His research has focused on ancient and modern forms of philosophical rhetoric. His publications include The Way of Oblivion: Heraclitus and Kafka (Cambridge [Mass.] 1998).

Alexander Sens is Professor of Classics at Georgetown University. His research has focused on late Classical and early Hellenistic poetry. His publications include Theocritus: Dioscuri (Idyll 22): Introduction, Text, and Commentary (Göttingen 1997), Matro of Pitane and the Tradition of Epic Parody in the Fourth Century BCE: Text, Translation, and Commentary [with S. Douglas Olson] (Atlanta 1999), and Archestratos of Gela: Greek Culture and Cuisine in the Fourth Century BCE [with S. Douglas Olson] (Oxford 2000). He is currently working on an edition of Asclepiades of Samos for Oxford University Press.

David Sider is Professor of Classics at New York University. His main interest is in Greek poetry and philosophy. His publications include The Fragments of Anaxagoras (Hain 1981; second edition forthcoming), The Epigrams of Philodemus (Oxford 1997) and The New Simonides: Contexts of Praise and Desire [with Deborah Boedeker] (Oxford 2001).

Martyn Smith is a doctoral student in comparative literature at Emory University. He is interested in Greek, Arabic, and English literature and is working on a dissertation about the use of place in literary works. He is studying this year in Cairo, Egypt, on a fellowship from the Center for Arabic Study Abroad.

Susan Stephens is Professor of Classics at Stanford University. Her main interests are in papyrology, Hellenistic poetry, and Greco-Egyptian culture. She is author of Yale Papyri in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library II (Yale 1985) and co-editor [with John J. Winkler] of Ancient Greek Novels: the Fragments (Princeton 1995). Her new work Seeing Double: Intercultural Poetics in Ptolemaic Alexandria has just appeared with the University of California Press (2002).

Richard Thomas is Professor of Greek and Latin and currently Chair of the Classics Department at Harvard University. He is also the current Director of the Vergilian Society. He is mainly interested in a variety of critical approaches in his work: philological, intertextual, and narratological, as well as in literary history, metrics and prose stylistics, genre studies, translation theory and practice, and the reception of Classical literature and culture, particularly as it relates to Virgil. His publications include Lands and Peoples in Roman Poetry: The Ethnographical Tradition (Cambridge 1982), a two-volume text and commentary on Virgil’s Georgics (Cambridge 1988), a collection of his articles on the subject of Virgilian intertextuality, Reading Virgil and his Texts (Michigan 1999), and Virgil and the Augustan Reception (Cambridge 2001). He is currently working on a commentary on Horace’s Odes, and a book on Augustan Poetry.

Kai Trampedach is Wissenschaftlicher Assistent at the University of Konstanz. He specializes in Greek and Roman history and philosophy. His publications include Platon, die Akademie und die zeitgenössische Politik (Stuttgart 1994), “Gefährliche Frauen. Zu athenischen Asebie-Prozessen im 4. Jh. v. Chr.” in Konstruktionen von Wirklichkeit. Bilder im Griechenland des 5. und 4. Jahrhunderts v. Chr., ed. R. von den Hoff and S. Schmidt (Stuttgart 2001), “Die Konstruktion des Heiligen Landes. Kaiser und Kirche in Palästina von Constantin bis Justinian” in Die Levante. Beiträge zur Historisierung des Nahostkonfliktes, ed. by M. Sommer (Freiburg i. Breisgau 2001). He is currently working on a book relating to Greek divination and Greek politics from Homer to Alexander.