Kathryn J. Gutzwiller
- University of Cincinnati
Meleager’s anthology of Greek literary epigrams, entitled the Garland, contained over 125 of Meleager’s own epigrams, mostly erotic in nature. These poems not only vary in imaginative ways the themes and motifs of earlier epigrams, but they also foreshadow the moving personal tone of Roman love poetry. Despite his pivotal position in the transition from Hellenistic to Roman literary culture, Meleager has not received the scholarly attention accorded other major poets. This critical edition, translation, and scholarly commentary is the first in nearly 200 years devoted exclusively to his poetry. By emphasizing visual imagery, social practices, changing erotic attitudes, and evolving psychological and philosophical views, it updates the standard commentary form.