Show Summary Details

Page of

Printed from Oxford Classical Dictionary. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a single article for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 27 June 2022


, Greek epigrammatist


, Greek epigrammatist
  • Neil Hopkinson


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.


  • Greek Literature

You do not currently have access to this article


Please login to access the full content.


Access to the full content requires a subscription