Department of Greek & Latin

Greek Literary Epigram

From the Hellenistic to the early Byzantine Era

*The proceedings are available on line*


Anthologia Palatina

11-13 September 2013

Recent scholarship has witnessed an escalating interest in the study of Greek literary epigram, which was given further momentum by the discovery and publication of the New Milan Papyrus, attributed to Posidippus of Pella.

Considerable progress has been made in our appreciation of the development and features of the genre and its exponents in the Hellenistic period. However, intense scholarly focus on Hellenistic epigram has led to an under-appreciation of the later epigrammatic material, from the Roman to the Byzantine period.

The aim of this international conference is to investigate the changes that literary epigram underwent over the centuries, its interrelationship with other Greek literary genres and with the visual arts, as well as the factors which influenced its development across time. The conference aims to advance our understanding of the epigram by shifting focus away from an author-, garland- and time-based study of epigrams to exploring Greek literary epigrams (from the Hellenistic to those included in the Cycle of Agathias) in a wider perspective. We hope that this will lead to an  understanding of the larger dynamics that shaped the epigram as a literary type, and the factors that influenced its development and guaranteed its survival throughout antiquity.

Conference programme >>


Arkadii Avdokhin (KCL)
Silvia Barbantani (UCSH, Milan)
Simone Beta (Siena)
Peter Bing (Emory)
Charles Campbell (Cincinnati)
Joseph Day (Wabash College)
Kristoffel Demoen (Ghent)
Marco Fantuzzi (Columbia)
Lucia Floridi (Milan)
Valentina Garulli (Bologna)
Federica Giommoni (Florence)
Kathryn Gutzwiller (Cincinnati)
Annette Harder (Groningen)
Regina Höschele (Toronto)
Richard Hunter (Cambridge)
Maria Kanellou (UCL)
Irmgard Maennlein-Robert (Tübingen)
Doris Meyer (Strasbourg)
Andrej Petrovic (Durham)
Ivana Petrovic (Durham)
Joseph Romero (Mary Washington)
Steven Smith (Hofstra)
Mike Tueller (Arizona State)

The Conference will take place at UCL: Roberts Building 421, Torrington Place, London WC1E 7JE.

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Conference fee:

  1. £60 (£40 student rate) excludes conference dinner
  2. £95 (£75 student rate) includes conference dinner
  3. One Day Fee: £20 excludes conference dinner

Register for the conference here >>
The deadline for registration is the 8th of September 2013

Thanks to the generosity of the Classical Association and the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, we are able to offer a number of student bursaries. Applications should be sent to by the 15th of August 2013.
Student bursary form >>

If you have any questions about the conference, please send an email to

Conference organisers:

Chris Carey (UCL)
Maria Kanellou (UCL)
Ivana Petrovic (Durham)

The conference is sponsored by the UCL Leventis Fund, the UCL Faculty Institute of Graduate Studies (FIGS), the Classical Association, the Institute of Classical Studies, and the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies.

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