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Herodas: Mimiambs$
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Graham Zanker

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780856688836

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780856688836.001.0001

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Women Offering a Dedication and a Sacrifice to Asklêplos (ΑΣΚΛΗΠΙΩΙ‎ ΑΝΑΤΙΘΕΙΣΑΙ‎ ΚΑΙ‎ ΘΥΣΙΑΖΟΥΣΑΙ‎)

Women Offering a Dedication and a Sacrifice to Asklêplos (ΑΣΚΛΗΠΙΩΙ‎ ΑΝΑΤΙΘΕΙΣΑΙ‎ ΚΑΙ‎ ΘΥΣΙΑΖΟΥΣΑΙ‎)

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(p.98) 4. Women Offering a Dedication and a Sacrifice to Asklêplos (ΑΣΚΛΗΠΙΩΙ‎ ΑΝΑΤΙΘΕΙΣΑΙ‎ ΚΑΙ‎ ΘΥΣΙΑΖΟΥΣΑΙ‎)
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Herodas: Mimiambs
Author(s):
Graham Zanker
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9780856688836.003.0005

This chapter focuses on the fourth Mimiamb, in which Herodas give hints of the scene as the Koan Asklêpieion, and constructs a precise picture of women's movements within the precincts of the early-third century temple. It looks at the kind of supplementation that is quite characteristic of Hellenistic poetry and art. It also locates Herodas's poem in a known Asklêpieion that could help his contemporary Hellenistic audiences fill in the gaps in their mental images of the works of art that the women see and react to in the precincts. The chapter looks into the knowledge of the art-holdings of the temple that would help visualise the works of art to which the women refer without actually giving a description. It envisages the first 26 lines of Mimiamb 4, which describes the women facing the altar of Asklêpios and Hygieia.

Keywords:   Mimiambs, Herodas, Koan Asklêpieion, Hellenistic poetry, Hellenistic audiences, Asklêpios, Hygieia

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