PORTRAIT OF A POET: ERINNA’S EKPHRASTIC EPIGRAM, AP 6.352

A Martin

Abstract


Although we know very little about the young female poet, Erinna, it
is evident from the reception of later Hellenistic epigrammatists that
she was highly respected and contributed greatly to the advancement
of the Hellenistic aesthetic. However, her pioneering role in the
development, if not the establishment, of the literary ekphrastic
epigram has long been overlooked in favour of her short hexameter
poem and funerary epigrams on female lamentation and loss.
This paper examines the numerous ways in which Erinna had
contributed to the ekphrastic tradition and the manner in which her
ekphrastic epigram AP 6.352 may have served as a prototype for
later ekphrastic texts of the Hellenistic age.

Keywords


Hellenistic epigram; ekphrasis; female poets; visuality; artistic realism

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7445/65-0-1020

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