This publication gathers articles stemming from the international symposium on the Greek and Latin epigram held at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon in 2010. Fifteen classical scholars, both Latinists and Hellenists, present the results of their investigation on a subject that lies, by its very nature, at the crossroads of different but complementary disciplines: epigraphy, history and literature.
The book focuses on the different ingredients composing the epigrams, on their material elements — such as the supports of versified inscriptions — and on the lexical material. But the investigation specifically aims at the actors involved in epigrams : authors (anonymous or famous, like Posidippus of Pella, Leonidas of Tarentum, Catullus, Propertius, Martial), clients and recipients. The papers explore the means of representation and self-representation of these actors and their civil and social functions.
We offer to readers, researchers, but also to students and non-specialists, a book aiming to take a few steps forward in the knowledge of a complex, extremely rich and varied genre.