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The Getty Hexameters

Edited by Christopher A. Faraone and Dirk Obbink

Published in print December 2013 | ISBN: 9780199664108
Published online April 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780191745768 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664108.001.0001
The Getty Hexameters

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This book 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 number of interpretative chapters 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.

Keywords: Getty Museum; inscriptions; religious context; civic context; poetic language; transmission; ancient magic; ritual

Book.  240 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical Literature ; Greek and Roman Archaeology

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Introduction in The Getty Hexameters

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The Immortal Words of Paean* in The Getty Hexameters

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Poetry and the Mysteries in The Getty Hexameters

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