Departmental Papers (Classical Studies)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

October 1987

Comments

Reprinted from American Journal of Philology, Volume 108, Issue 3, 1987, pages 416-426.
Publisher URL:http://www.jstor.org/journals/00029475.html

Abstract

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

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Date Posted: 25 September 2006

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