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A Funerary Epigram for Diokles the Rhodian Dramatist

Thomas Coward    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

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This funerary verse inscription, found in 1976, is for the previously unknown dramatist Diokles of Rhodes. This entry re-examines the text based on visual autopsy, proposes a new supplement on the last line, and sets the poem within the literary and inscribed epitaphic traditions for deceased poets (tragedians in particular). It also considers what this poem tells us about Rhodian dramatic competitions in the Hellenistic period. It looks at the interplay between inscribed and literary epigrams, what this epigram tells us about poetry of the south-east Aegean, and the reception of literary funerary epigrams of Classical authors in the Hellenistic era.

Published
Dec. 22, 2020
Accepted
Sept. 22, 2020
Submitted
July 26, 2020
Language
EN

Keywords: SophoclesDramatic festivalsRhodesLenaeaClassical and Hellenistic TragedyEpigramDioklesSimmiasVerse inscription

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