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Des os muets et des pierres sonores : matérialiser le corpus poétique en Grèce hellénistique

Abstract : This paper explores how media processes of literary storage and transmission are addressed by Hellenistic epigrams posing as epitaphs for dead poets such as Érinna and Sophocles. These sophisticated, playful texts blur the category of the poetic corpus with the literal corpus of the poet’s body. As textual vehicles on papyrus, they mourn the loss of oral performance while purporting to be epitaphs incised into stone. The poet’s tomb embodies an enduring tension between the transcendent qualities attributed to the poetry of the past and the material vehicles that convey this transcendence to future generations. Whether virtual or inscribed, it marks out a privileged space for written text as a medium that, in maintaining and even generating poetic memories, holds the potential to circulate them amongst the living. Whether stone, wax or papyrus, such media nevertheless exist along a spectrum of impermanence, which continually threatens the immortality they attempt to confer.
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Verity Platt. Des os muets et des pierres sonores : matérialiser le corpus poétique en Grèce hellénistique. Mètis - Anthropologie des mondes grecs anciens, Daedalus/EHESS, 2018, Dossier : Place aux objets ! Présentification et vie des artefacts en Grèce ancienne, N.S.16, pp.15-42. ⟨10.4000/books.editionsehess.5652⟩. ⟨halshs-02113700⟩



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