Simonides on tombs, and the 'tomb of Simonides'

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This chapter begins with the observation that inscribed texts were memorized and orally transmitted. This insight provides the key for a reading of Callimachus’ ‘Tomb of Simonides’—itself a reading of Simonides’ own response to the poetics of inscribed epigram (and of his role as the inventor of memory techniques). The chapter argues that Callimachus presents Simonides’ tomb not as an epitaph, but as a ‘meta-epitaph’—an elegy which is not itself inscribed, but describes the loss of an inscribed tombstone: liberated from the tomb that once covered his body, the voice of Simonides now speaks through Callimachus’ verse.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTombs of the Ancient Poets
Subtitle of host publicationBetween Literary Reception and Material Culture
EditorsN. Goldschmidt, B. Graziosi
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780198826477
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventTombs of the Ancient Poets: Between Text and Material Culture - Durham University, Durham, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 Sept 201414 Sept 2014


ConferenceTombs of the Ancient Poets: Between Text and Material Culture
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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