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Hipponax fr. 48 Dg. has been understood in the past as a statement of the poet's poverty and hunger.1 More recently, however, scholars have pointed out the humor and ambiguity of the fragment, noting in particular the mock-heroic diction of the first two lines and the bathos that results when this sort of diction is applied to such an apparently trivial subject as one's own hunger.2
Date Posted: 25 September 2006
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