Palladas and the New Papyrus, University College London, September 4–5, 2014
Epigram papyri are not generally compared to London buses but there is a striking similarity in their pattern of arrival: you wait ages for one and then a number appear all together. Hot on the heels of the Milan papyrus, which was published in 2001, came the publication in 2012 of P.CtYBR inv. 4000, a papyrus codex in the Beinecke Library at Yale University. Containing approximately 60 new fragmentary epigrams, written in elegiac couplets, it was identified by Kevin Wilkinson, editor of the editio princeps, as the work of Palladas of Alexandria. The papyrus opens up intriguing questions about the content of the poems, intra- and inter-textuality; the historical events to which they allude; its contextualisation in the historical, literary and inscriptional background of the 3rd and 4th centuries AD; the transmission and structure of epigram collections in antiquity.
This exciting two-day conference gathers together a group of international experts, who will explore the new text from a range of perspectives, and discuss date, structure, historical, literary, cultural, textual and generic context. The conference is a must for scholars and students of the Greek epigram; Greek literary history; the literature of the 3rd and 4th centuries AD; manuscripts and papyri. It will equally appeal to those who become excited by new texts.
Deadline for registration is August 25, 2014.