The Talking Dead: Characterization through Deceased Speakers in Hellenistic Funerary Epigrams

Master's Thesis


This thesis focuses on select Hellenistic funerary epigrams from Book 7 of The Greek Anthology that feature the deceased as a first-person speaker. Focusing on voice and characterization, I approach these text through both intellectual and embodied models of reader-response, and argue that deceased’s voices employ diverse strategies to evoke multifaceted responses from the readers and present particularly individualized and affective self-characterization.


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Author Jiaqi Ma
Contributor Catherine Schlegel, Committee Member
Contributor Regina Höschele, Committee Member
Contributor Aldo C. Tagliabue, Research Director
Degree Level Master's Thesis
Degree Discipline Classics
Degree Name Master of Arts
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Defense Date
  • 2020-04-24

Submission Date 2020-04-25
  • Greek literature

  • Hellenistic epigram

  • reader-response

  • English, Ancient Greek

Record Visibility Public
Content License
  • All rights reserved

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