The Getty Hexameters: Poetry, Magic, and Mystery in Ancient Selinous

The Getty Hexameters: Poetry, Magic, and Mystery in Ancient Selinous

by Christopher A. Faraone, Dirk Obbink


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The Getty Hexameters looks in detail at a series of forty-four magical verses inscribed on a recently discovered lead tablet from Sicily in the fifth century BC, which is now in the Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

Divided into two sections, the volume consists of a general introduction to the new inscriptions, together with a critical text and English translation, photographs, and drawings. The second section contains a collection of eleven interpretative essays which treat various aspects of the text, including religious and civic context, date and poetic language, transmission, and connections to ancient magic and ritual practice.

The volume is the first complete critical edition of the Greek text to appear in print and contains important scholarship for the field of classics from an acclaimed list of contributors.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199664108
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 02/28/2014
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Christopher A. Faraone is Frank Curtis Springer & Gertrude Melcher Springer Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Classics at the University of Chicago

Dirk Obbink is University Lecturer in Papyrology and Greek Literature and Tutorial Fellow in Greek, Christ Church College, University of Oxford

Table of Contents

Preface Kenneth Lapatin, Curator, Getty Villa Museum
List of Abbreviations
Introduction C. A. Faraone & D. Obbink
Greek Text and Translation
Photographs and Drawings
1. The Getty Hexameters: Date, Author, Place of Composition, Jan Bremmer
2. The Language of the Hexameter Verses from Selinous Variants and Archetypes, Richard Janko
3. Spoken and Written Boasts in the Getty Hexameters, Christopher A. Faraone
4. The Ephesia grammata: Genesis of a Magical Formula, Alberto Bernabe
5. The Ephesia grammata:NBLogos Orphaikos or Apolline Alexima Pharmakaa
6. Magical Verses on a Lead Tablet: Amulet or Anthologya
7. Myth and the Getty Hexameters, Sarah Iles Johnston
8. The Immortal Words of Paean, Ian Rutherford
9. Poetry and the Mysteries, Dirk Obbink
Appendix: The Lead Tablet from Phalasarna

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