March 4, Joint Research Day with University of Victoria (at the University of Victoria)
Laurel Bowman (UVic), “The Women Who Wrote Epigrams“
While the genius of these women has been recognized before, their status as revolutionaries – as “founding mothers” in epigram – has not been sufficiently appreciated. (Tueller 2008:206) No ancient genre preserves as many female-authored poems as that of epigram. Even in epigram, very few female authors are attested by name. The four major attested female authors of epigram are the Hellenistic poets listed by Antipater of Thessaloniki (AP 9.26), Erinna, Moero, Anyte, and Nossis, all of whom flourished in the first generation of the development of Hellenistic epigram. All four introduced major innovations in the genre of epigram, in perspective, subject matter, and manipulation of earlier conventions, and all were notable for their influence on later poets and on the development of the genre.
Respondent: Gillian Glass (UBC)
Cillian O’Hogan (UBC), “Martial’s disiectae membranae”
Accounts of the origins of the codex invariably make room for Martial, who refers several times in his epigrams to membranae and tabellae. Yet exactly what Martial means by these terms remains unclear, and recent literary approaches to the materiality of Martial’s poetry do not take sufficient notice of the most recent scholarship on the development of the codex. This paper will combine codicology and philology to suggest a new way of reading Martial’s membranae as both indicative of the poet’s literary self-consciousness and valuable evidence for an important yet murky episode in the history of the book.
Respondent: Cedric Littlewood (UVic).