Many Hellenistic epitaphs for youths fallen in battle point out that the deceased belonged to the civic élite of the hoi apo tou gymnasiou. The importance attached to the poetic and musical paideia in these epigrams is such that the excellence of the deceased in this field is mentioned even before the military valor (traditionally the focus of war epitaphs). The article examines in detail some case studies, analyzing how in these epitaphs the relationship between military kleos and intellectual prestige unfolds, and comparing them with some key-expressions of the poems of Callimachus.
|Translated title of the contribution||[Autom. eng. transl.] "I was a good poet and a good soldier". Military kleos and poetic paideia in Hellenistic epigraphic epigrams.|
|Number of pages||30|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|