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date: 27 June 2022

Palladaslocked

, Greek epigrammatist

Palladaslocked

, Greek epigrammatist
  • Neil Hopkinson

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Palladas, a Greek epigrammatist, was a schoolmaster at *Alexandria (1) in the 4th cent. ce. It is hardly possible to infer from his poems whether he was a Christian, a pagan, or an agnostic. About 150 of his epigrams are to be found in the Greek *Anthology. Some are written in hexameters or iambics, but most are in metrically unrefined elegiac couplets. Though most of his themes are by no means original, his poetic voice is highly distinctive: black, bitter, and cynically humorous, his brief poems satirize and reflect with disillusion on human ambitions and beliefs, and on life in general.

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  • Greek Literature

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